Before last night, when Kevin Garnett somehow managed to go reboundless over 23 minutes (while scoring 19 points, shooting 9-11 and registering a +15 rating), he had not notched zero rebounds in an NBA game since Jan. 21, 1997.
For reference’s sake, the same day KG last had no rebounds:
- Terry Porter and Sam Mitchell, who now have a combined 560 games of head coaching experience, were his teammates.
- Dean Garrett, Tom Gugliotta, Stephon Marbury and Doug West all started alongside him.
- Acie Earl, Zan Tabak and Cherokee Parks all shared the court with him, whether as teammates or opponents.
- Walt Williams, playing against KG for the Toronto Raptors, was the game-high scorer with 32 points.
- Jared Sullinger was four years old.
- Bill Clinton was proceeding as President one day after his second inauguration.
- Glen Rice scored 42 points for the Charlotte Hornets against the Houston Rockets. He was somehow the NBA’s third-highest scorer that day, behind Latrell Sprewell (46) and Michael Jordan (51).
- Jordan’s 51 came despite the Chicago Bulls only scoring 88 points. They beat the Knicks, 88-87. Beforehand, Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy had told the press Jordan likes to “con” opponents into thinking he’s their friend. Afterward, Phil Jackson noted, “It was probably a tactical mistake by the coach of the Knicks to attack Michael in the press. I thought he went out and played with a vendetta, a score to settle.” Added Jordan, “I guess I didn’t make any friends out there tonight.”
- Rony Seikaly (!) had 26 points and 12 rebounds to power an Orlando Magic victory.
- Juwan Howard was young (and had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists while allowing Seikaly to go wild).
- Adam Sandler, in between the making of Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer, was still considered funny.
- Vin Baker, in the middle of an All-Star season, had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Milwaukee Bucks. His rookie teammate, Ray Allen, posted eight points on 3-11 shooting.