Rony Seikaly isn't the first man to come to mind when considering the most likely player to grab 34 rebounds in a game.
Or the second. Or even the third or fourth.However, it indeed was Seikaly, whose 10.6 rebounding average before Wednesday wasn't high enough to rank in the top 10 in the NBA, who accomplished the feat. He became the first player since Charles Oakley had 35 rebounds in 1988 to have as many as 34 in a regulation game.
Seikaly's 34 rebounds were four more than the entire Washington team in the Miami Heat's 125-106 victory over the Bullets.
"I felt like a man possessed," Seikaly said. "The only thing I wanted was that ball off the board."
Seikaly's previous career-high in his five-year NBA career, and the Heat record, was 24 rebounds.
"We wanted to get him 40, but I had to play other guys," said Miami coach Kevin Loughery, who sent Seikaly to the bench with 4:24 to go.
Washington was playing without center Pervis Ellison, who sprained a ligament in his left knee on Feb. 26, but Seikaly said Ellison's absence had little to do with his performance.
"I was in a rebounding trance," Seikaly said. "I was in such a mindset that King Kong could have been in there and I still would have gotten a lot of rebounds."
Seikaly surpassed Dennis Rodman's previous NBA season-high of 27 rebounds.
Lakers 117, Warriors 111
A.C. Green had six of his 24 points in the final two minutes as Los Angeles rallied to win at Golden State.
Golden State played most of the game without All-Star guard Tim Hardaway, who sprained his right knee in the second quarter and could miss up to six weeks.
Anthony Peeler scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the Lakers.
Rockets 89, Kings 86
Houston won its eighth consecutive game behind Hakeem Olajuwon's 30 points and 13 rebounds against Sacramento.
Walt Williams, who led the Kings with 18, missed a 28-foot jumper at the buzzer, leaving Sacramento with its lowest point total of the season.
Bulls 125, Mavericks 97
Chicago rested Michael Jordan's sore right ankle and suffered no ill effects against Dallas, which tied a franchise record with its 26th consecutive road defeat.
Scottie Pippen scored 24 points and Horace Grant 21 for the Bulls, who won for the first time in their last six games without Jordan in the lineup.
Suns 125, 76ers 115
Charles Barkley, playing against Philadelphia for the first time since a June 17 trade, scored 18 of his 36 points in the first quarter for Phoenix.
The victory improved the Suns to 23-2 at home and snapped their third two-game losing streak of the season.
Barkley also had 17 rebounds and nine assists for the Suns, 3-3 since the All-Star break. They also got 20 points from Dan Majerle, while Hersey Hawkins scored 24 and Manute Bol matched his career high with 18 on 6-for-12 shooting from 3-point range for the Sixers.
Celtics 132, Spurs 91
Sherman Douglas had 23 points and 12 assists as Boston kept San Antonio on a downslide.
The Spurs, playing without injured All-Star forward Sean Elliott and with All-Star center David Robinson limited by a thumb injury, lost for the sixth time in eight games since winning 18 of 19.