List of National Basketball Association players with most rebounds in a game

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This is a list of National Basketball Association players who have had 38 or more rebounds in a single game.

Multiple occurrences: Wilt Chamberlain 29 times (four times in the playoffs) and Bill Russell 23 times (seven times in the playoffs).

The NBA did not record rebounds until the 1950–51 season.

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Occurred in playoff competition
Rebounds Player Team Date Opponent Notes
55 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors November 24, 1960 Boston Celtics Record set in a losing effort; grabbed 31 rebounds in one half.
51 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics February 5, 1960 Syracuse Nationals Set a then-record.
49 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics November 16, 1957 Philadelphia Warriors Set a then-record for rebounds in a game; set a still-standing record of 32 rebounds in a single half.
49 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics March 11, 1965 Detroit Pistons
45 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors February 6, 1960 Syracuse Nationals Single-game record for a rookie; scored 44 points.
45 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors January 21, 1961 Los Angeles Lakers Scored 56 points.
43 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors November 10, 1959 New York Knicks Set a then-record for a rookie.
43 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors December 8, 1961 Los Angeles Lakers Triple overtime; Chamberlain also scored a then-record 78 points in the game.
43 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics January 20, 1963 Los Angeles Lakers
43 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers March 6, 1965 Boston Celtics
42 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors January 15, 1960 Boston Celtics Rookie season; scored 44 points.
42 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors January 25, 1960 Detroit Pistons Rookie season; Chamberlain also scored a rookie record 58 points in the same game.
42 Thurmond, NateNate Thurmond* San Francisco Warriors November 9, 1965 Detroit Pistons
42 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers January 14, 1966 Boston Celtics
42 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Los Angeles Lakers March 7, 1969 Boston Celtics Overtime.
41 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics February 12, 1958 Syracuse Nationals
41 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* San Francisco Warriors October 26, 1962 Detroit Pistons Overtime; scored 50 points.
41 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics March 14, 1965 San Francisco Warriors
41 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers April 5, 1967 Boston Celtics Game 3 victory in the Eastern Division finals.
40 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics March 23, 1958 Philadelphia Warriors Game 3 victory in the Eastern Division finals.
40 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics December 12, 1958 Cincinnati Royals Overtime.
40 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors November 4, 1959 Syracuse Nationals Set a then-record for a rookie; third game of career; scored 41 points.
40 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics March 29, 1960 St. Louis Hawks NBA Finals record (tie)
40 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics February 12, 1961 Philadelphia Warriors
40 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics April 18, 1962 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals record (tie); game 7 overtime victory; Russell's 19 rebounds in a single quarter is the most of any NBA quarter — regular season or playoffs.
40 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas* Cincinnati Royals February 29, 1964 Philadelphia 76ers His rookie season.
40 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* San Francisco Warriors November 22, 1964 Detroit Pistons Scored 50 points.
40 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers December 28, 1965 Boston Celtics
39 Johnston, NeilNeil Johnston* Philadelphia Warriors December 4, 1954 Syracuse Nationals Set a then-record.
39 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics January 25, 1959 Detroit Pistons
39 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics December 19, 1959 New York Knicks
39 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors December 28, 1959 Cincinnati Royals
39 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors January 13, 1960 Syracuse Nationals
39 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors January 29, 1960 Boston Celtics
39 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics March 19, 1960 Philadelphia Warriors
39 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics March 23, 1961 Syracuse Nationals
39 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors November 4, 1961 Detroit Pistons
39 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics December 21, 1961 New York Knicks
39 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers April 6, 1965 Boston Celtics
38 Stokes, MauriceMaurice Stokes* Rochester Royals January 14, 1956 Syracuse Nationals
38 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics February 23, 1958 Philadelphia Warriors
38 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics December 4, 1959 New York Knicks
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors November 29, 1960 Los Angeles Lakers
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors December 18, 1960 Cincinnati Royals
38 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics April 11, 1961 St. Louis Hawks
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors November 25, 1961 Chicago Packers
38 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics February 21, 1963 San Francisco Warriors
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* San Francisco Warriors February 21, 1963 Boston Celtics
38 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics April 16, 1963 Los Angeles Lakers
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* San Francisco Warriors April 24, 1964 Boston Celtics
38 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics January 30, 1965 New York Knicks
38 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics March 3, 1965 Los Angeles Lakers
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers March 2, 1967 San Francisco Warriors
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers April 16, 1967 San Francisco Warriors 26 rebounds in one half, setting the NBA Playoffs record.
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers December 20, 1967 Seattle SuperSonics
38 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Los Angeles Lakers March 9, 1969 Baltimore Bullets

Since 1973[edit]

This is a complete listing for total rebounds since the 1973–74 season, but it is not a complete listing for offensive or defensive rebounds.

Rebounds Off Def Player Team Date Opponent Score Minutes played Points Assists Steals Blocks 20-20 Led the league in rebounding Notes
37 19 18 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* Houston Rockets February 9, 1979 New Orleans Jazz 106–99 44 33 2 Yes Yes 14 rebounds in the first quarter.
35 16 19 Oakley, CharlesCharles Oakley Chicago Bulls April 22, 1988 Cleveland Cavaliers 103–107 41 26 3 1 0 Yes No Second to last game of season, in a season rebounding title battle, which he lost by a .03 margin to Michael Cage.
34 5 29 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* Los Angeles Lakers December 14, 1975 Detroit Pistons 110–100 42 27 6 Yes Yes NBA single-game record for defensive rebounds.
34 18 16 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* Detroit Pistons March 4, 1992 Indiana Pacers 110–107 45 10 3 2 0 No Yes Overtime. 21 rebounds in the second half, including 11 offensive rebounds.
34 8 26 Seikaly, RonyRony Seikaly Miami Heat March 3, 1993 Washington Bullets 125–106 40 12 4 0 1 No No Seikaly outrebounded the opposing team, 34–30.
33 15 18 Nater, SwenSwen Nater Milwaukee Bucks December 19, 1976 Atlanta Hawks 126–109 41 30 2 1 1 Yes No
33 16 17 Willis, KevinKevin Willis Atlanta Hawks February 19, 1992 Washington Bullets 102–103 45 20 1 2 4 Yes No Overtime. 11 offensive rebounds in a half.
33 8 25 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* Houston Rockets November 2, 1996 Phoenix Suns 110–95 45 20 2 0 2 Yes No Barkley outrebounded the opposing team 33–30, and played against his previous team for the first time.
32 4 28 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* Capital Bullets November 17, 1973 Atlanta Hawks 115–109 48 43 0 Yes Yes On Hayes's 28th birthday.
32 7 25 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* Golden State Warriors March 30, 1979 New York Knicks 114–98 36 30 5 1 2 Yes No 11 rebounds in the first quarter. 15 rebounds in the first half, 17 rebounds in the second half.
32 7 25 Nater, SwenSwen Nater (2) San Diego Clippers December 14, 1979 Denver Nuggets 112–108 44 12 3 No Yes 21 rebounds in the second half. 18 defensive rebounds in the second half, setting the NBA record. 11 defensive rebounds in the fourth quarter.
32 21 11 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* (2) Houston Rockets February 11, 1982 Seattle SuperSonics 117–100 44 38 2 Yes Yes NBA single-game record for offensive rebounds; 11 offensive rebounds in one half, 10 in the other half. 15 total rebounds in the first half, 17 rebounds in the second half. Malone outrebounded the opposing team, 32–29.
32 12 20 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (2) Detroit Pistons January 28, 1992 Charlotte Hornets 100–95 50 16 3 0 1 No Yes Overtime.
32 9 23 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (3) San Antonio Spurs January 22, 1994 Dallas Mavericks 103–83 43 8 5 1 1 No Yes 13 defensive rebounds in the first half.
31 14 17 Smith, LarryLarry Smith Golden State Warriors March 28, 1981 Denver Nuggets 139–142 45 23 5 0 Yes No Rookie. Last Warriors home game of season.
31 11 20 Willis, KevinKevin Willis (2) Atlanta Hawks December 3, 1991 Dallas Mavericks 103–99 40 29 3 3 0 Yes No
31 9 22 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (4) Detroit Pistons March 14, 1992 Sacramento Kings 89–83 48 7 0 3 1 No Yes
31 8 23 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets March 26, 1996 Charlotte Hornets 112–119 51 16 0 1 6 No No Double overtime.
31 12 19 Love, KevinKevin Love^ Minnesota Timberwolves November 12, 2010 New York Knicks 112–103 40:39 31 5 0 1 Yes Yes 15 rebounds in the third quarter, and 22 rebounds in the second half. 13 defensive rebounds in the second half.
30 11 19 Fox, JimJim Fox Seattle SuperSonics December 26, 1973 Los Angeles Lakers 129–105 39 25 9 1 3 Yes No
30 10 20 Johnson, George T.George T. Johnson Golden State Warriors March 15, 1974 Los Angeles Lakers 112–107 48 14 7 1 No No Elmore Smith of the Lakers had 11 blocks in the same game.
30 6 24 Unseld, WesWes Unseld* Washington Bullets April 6, 1975 New Orleans Jazz 119–103 46 11 5 No Yes Last game of season; won season rebounding title over Dave Cowens by a .01 margin. 14 rebounds in the first half, 16 rebounds in the second half.
30 7 23 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* (2) Los Angeles Lakers February 3, 1978 New Jersey Nets 105–99 48 37 5 Yes No Overtime.
30 10 20 Nater, SwenSwen Nater (3) Buffalo Braves March 4, 1978 New Jersey Nets 111–107 44 27 5 Yes No
30 11 19 Cage, MichaelMichael Cage Los Angeles Clippers April 24, 1988 Seattle SuperSonics 100–109 48 8 3 1 3 No Yes Last game of season; won season rebounding title over Charles Oakley by a .03 margin.
30 11 19 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (5) San Antonio Spurs February 21, 1995 Houston Rockets 98–97 40 6 0 0 0 No Yes
30 8 22 Bynum, AndrewAndrew Bynum^ Los Angeles Lakers April 11, 2012 San Antonio Spurs 98–84 36:41 16 2 0 2 No No 19 rebounds in the first half.

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