Charles Barkley (20pts/33rebs) Outrebounds the Suns (1996)

Even though it’s the second game of the 1996-97 season for Houston, it’s the first game of the new look Houston Rockets since Barkley had got into a fight with Charles Oakley during pre-season. It’s also his return to Phoenix, the place from which he demanded a trade. The crowd seems to be ready to get into it, but Barkley and the Rockets suck the life out of the building with the first minutes of the game. It’s not hard to tell why Houston had a double digit lead for almost the whole 48 minutes. While Phoenix as a team had 8 offensive rebounds and 22 defensive rebounds, Sir Charles grabbed 8 on the offensive glass and 25 on the defensive. Barkley scored 20 points, to boot. I won’t even get into the countless records he probably broke. The numbers themselves are impressive enough. November 2, 1996.



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