Dennis Rodman really got up for the Indiana Pacers.
"The way he's been going this year, you knew it was going to happen," Bill Laimbeer said after watching Rodman grab a team-record 34 rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 110-107 overtime victory over the Pacers. "It's an outstanding achievement."Rodman's rebound total was the most in the NBA since Charles Oakley had 35 for the Chicago Bulls on April 22, 1988. The 34 rebounds broke Bob Lanier's Piston record of 33 set in 1972.
Rodman broke into tears when he realized he had broken Lanier's record.
"He's having a great year," said ex-Piston Michael Williams. "The only way to stop Rodman is to get him out of the game by fouling him out."
Rodman is the NBA's rebound leader with an average of 18.9 a game. He is averaging more than two more per game over his closest competitor, Atlanta's Kevin Willis, who is at 16.6.
Rodman's total included 18 offensive rebounds for another team record. The old record was 13, set by Earl Williams on Jan. 2, 1976. Rodman fell short of Moses Malone's NBA record of 21, set in 1982.
Rodman didn't realize he'd tied the club record in the extra period.
"Everyone kept telling me I needed one more rebound, but I thought they meant to get to 30," he said. "I couldn't believe it when the fans started cheering."
With his 34, Rodman was four shy of Indiana's entire rebound total.
Celtics 125, Magic 100
Larry Bird scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in limited action for his second consecutive double-double since a two-month layoff with a back injury, and the Celtics employed a balanced attack to beat Orlando.
Bird, who celebrated his return with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Dallas last Sunday, was joined by eight other Boston scorers as the Celtics beat Orlando for the fourth time in a row this season.
Boston won a second consecutive game for the first time in more than one month.
76ers 107, Hawks 102
Hersey Hawkins scored 31 points, including a crucial 3-point shot with 35 seconds to play, as Philadelphia defeated Atlanta.
Charles Barkley also had 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Rumeal Robinson had a career-high 30 points for the Hawks, who played without Willis, the league's No. 2 rebounder. Willis was sidelined with tendinitis in his left ankle. It was the first time this year that Willis hadn't started for the Hawks.
Hornets 119, Bucks 110
Kendall Gill scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and Larry Johnson added 25 points as Charlotte overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to beat Milwaukee.
The win was Charlotte's fifth straight and 10th in its last 13 games.
Trail Blazers 129, Nuggets 100
The Trail Blazers, with reserve Danny Ainge leading the way with 23 points, breezed past the Nuggets.
Portland used its bench most of the time as it shot 60 percent from the field and led all the way after taking charge just 90 seconds into the game.
Lakers 101, Nets 92
The Lakers won for only the second time in their last 12 games, overcoming their lowest-scoring first half of the season and beating the Nets with 23 points from Byron Scott.
New Jersey's winning streak ended at four games with their seventh straight loss to the Lakers and their 14th defeat in a row at the Forum, dating back to Dec. 3, 1978.
Cavaliers 109, Kings 108
Craig Ehlo followed a steal with an eight-foot jumper with 1.2 seconds left as the Cavaliers rallied to beat the Kings.
Daugherty paced seven Cleveland players in double figures with 21 points, 16 in the first half, and added a game-high 11 rebounds. Ehlo contributed 17 points.