J.J. Hickson's work on glass among best in Nuggets history

Denver big man becomes sixth member of franchise's 24-rebound club
by Aaron Lopez

Denver Nuggets big man J.J. Hickson crashed the glass and, in the process, helped his teammates crash the party at Oracle Arena.

When Hickson grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds in Wednesday night’s victory over the Golden State Warriors, it marked the first time in six years that a Denver player reached that mark.

Marcus Camby had 24 rebounds against the Utah Jazz on Jan. 17, 2008.

“J.J Hickson was a monster on the boards,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said.

Hickson also came up big defensively in the game’s final minute. After a defensive switch left him guarding Warriors guard Stephen Curry near the top of the key, he stole the ball and scored at the other end.

About 24 seconds later, Hickson grabbed another key offensive rebound, giving him 23 boards on the night. Fittingly, he corralled rebound No. 24 on Golden State’s final miss, and the Nuggets dribbled out the clock an a big road victory.

“It was a great game for him,” Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler said. “I thought he would end up with 30.”

Dikembe Mutombo and Spencer Haywood are the only players in franchise history to grabbed 30 rebounds for Denver in a single game. Here is a list of the top rebounding performances through the years:

  • 31 - Dikembe Mutombo vs. Charlotte (2OT), March 26, 1996.
  • 31 – Spencer Haywood vs. Kentucky, Nov. 13, 1969.
  • 26 – Ervin Johnson at Dallas, April 19, 1997.
  • 26 – Dikembe Mutombo at L.A. Lakers (OT), Nov. 11, 1994.
  • 25 – Jerome Lane at Houston, April 21, 1991.
  • 24 – J.J. Hickson at Golden State, Jan. 15, 2014.
  • 24 – Marcus Camby vs. Utah, Jan. 17, 2008.
  • 24 – Marcus Camby vs. Houston, Jan. 12, 2007.
  • 24 – Marcus Camby at Seattle, Jan. 18, 2005.
  • 24 – Marcus Camby vs. Chicago, Jan. 28, 2004.
  • 24 – Danny Fortson at Dallas, Feb. 25, 1999.
  • 24 – Dikembe Mutombo at L.A. Lakers, Nov. 12, 1993.