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Williams sets Nets rebounding record

Updated: January 31, 2003, 4:00 PM ET
By Mike Puma | Special to ESPN.com

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Oct. 31, 1997 - On opening night, Jayson Williams helped ruin Larry Bird's head coaching debut by grabbing a career-high and Nets-record 17 offensive rebounds in leading New Jersey to a 97-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Williams finished with 20 total rebounds, including one off a Sherman Douglas airball that Williams laid in with 38 seconds remaining to boost the Nets' lead to 97-92. "That was a pass," Williams said laughing. "If I don't say that, I won't ...

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