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Rockets center Clint Capela’s 5th straight 20-rebound performance is first since Ben Wallace in 2003

Clint Capela, Ben Wallace, Rockets

In the Houston Rockets’ 105-95 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, Clint Capela snagged 21 rebounds — marking his fifth straight 20-rebound performance.

This is the first time a player achieved the said feat since Ben Wallace in 2003.

Capela’s streak started in their 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls where he snagged 20 boards. He grabbed the same amount of rebounds in their succeeding wins over the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers.

For the season, he’s averaging 13.1 rebounds per game — the fifth-best in the league.

Overall, the Rockets snag 47.1 rebounds per game for seventh place in the league. This has been key in their stellar 11-4 start to the 2019-20 season.

Once again, the Rockets are defying all the expectations early on. The James Harden-Russell Westbrook tandem was expected to be a disaster. But so far, Houston is making the most out of their new star duo. And Capela certainly has been helpful in doing so.

Capela is regarded as the Rockets’ best defensive player. Apart from crashing the boards, he’s also a shot blocker. This year, he’s averaging 2.3 blocks per game.

Perhaps Capela is making a case for a possible Defensive of the Year Player campaign. After all, many believe that he should be in the discussion as one of the top defenders in the last few years. If he keeps this up, then the Rockets may finally claim that elusive Larry O’Brien trophy.