James Harden matched his profession excessive by scoring 61 factors to guide the Houston Rockets to a 111-105 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night time.
Harden additionally scored 61 on Jan. 23 towards the New York Knicks. He joins Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as the one gamers with a number of 60-point video games in a season in NBA historical past.
It was Harden’s third profession 60-point sport; he additionally scored 60 towards Orlando final season. His three video games of 60 or extra factors ties Elgin Baylor for fourth-most in NBA historical past. Solely Chamberlain (32), Bryant (6) and Jordan (three) have as many or extra.
Friday night time’s efficiency comes after Harden scored 57 in his earlier sport Wednesday at Memphis. It’s the second time this season Harden has recorded a minimum of 55 factors in consecutive video games. Chamberlain is the one different participant in NBA historical past to perform the feat.
James Harden talks about his large efficiency towards the Spurs and explains how he was capable of get some attractiveness.
The 118 factors over Harden’s previous two video games ties Jordan and Bryant for probably the most over a two-game span over the previous 50 seasons, in response to Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis.
Harden, who leads the NBA with 36.1 factors per sport, additionally topped the 50-point mark for the eighth time this season, in contrast with 10 such performances from the remainder of the league mixed.
The Related Press contributed to this report.