Which NBA Player Had The Most Defensive Rebounds in a Game?

Which NBA Player Had The Most Defensive Rebounds in a Game? Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Player with the most defensive rebounds in a game

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There have been some elite rebounders in NBA history but there are a few that are in a league of their own. Let’s take a look at the NBA Players with the most rebounds in a game. (The NBA didn’t record rebounds as an official stat until the 1950-51 season.)

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7.Bill Russell -43 Rebounds

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In January of 1963 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Bill Russell pulled down 43 rebounds.

7.Wilt Chamberlain -43 Rebounds 

In March of 1965, Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers were facing off with the Boston Celtics. In that game, Chamberlain pulled down 43 rebounds. 

7.Wilt Chamberlain -43 Rebounds

In December of 1961 against the Lakers, Wilt Chamberlain pulled down 43 rebounds in a game that went to triple overtime. 

7.Wilt Chamberlain -43 Rebounds

As a rookie in 1959, Chamberlain grabbed 43 rebounds. He also set a then rookie record of 39 points. 

5.Wilt Chamberlain -45 Rebounds

In January of 1961, Wilt Chamberlain had one of the best games of his career. He grabbed 45 defensive rebounds and had a quadruple double.

5.Wilt Chamberlain -45 Rebounds

Wilt Chamberlain was on this list twice during his rookie career. In February of 1960, Chamberlain pulled down 45 rebounds. 

3.Bill Russell -49 Rebounds

In 1965, Bill Russell was a member of the Celtics facing off the Detroit Pistons. Russell was elite pulling down 49 rebounds. 

3.Bill Russell -49 Rebounds

Bill Russell grabbed 49 rebounds against the Philadelphia Warriors in 1957. In that game he set the record for 32 rebounds in a half.

2.Bill Russell -51 Rebounds

When Bill Russell grabbed 51 rebounds in February of 1960 he set the record, one no doubt that some thought couldn’t be broken. 

1.Wilt Chamberlain -55 Rebounds

Not only was Russell’s record broken, it happened in the same calendar year. In November of 1960, Chamberlain grabbed 55 rebounds in a losing effort. This is an effort that is going to be very hard to beat. 

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