For practically 40 % of this season — 39 %, to be utterly correct — James Harden could possibly be counted on to attain 30 or extra factors in a sport. After 32 consecutive video games of scoring 30 or extra factors, although, that run got here to an finish within the Houston Rockets’ 119-111 dwelling win towards the Atlanta Hawks.
Corridor of Famer Wilt Chamberlain has the all-time mark for consecutive 30-point video games at 65. For his half, Harden appeared relieved to have the streak accomplished, saying after final night time’s sport: “It was cool however I knew I wasn’t going to get to No. 1.”
Harden final got here up in need of 30 factors in a Dec. 11 win over Portland, when he had 29. Throughout the streak, he scored 50 or extra factors 4 occasions, together with a career-high 61 in a win on the Knicks on Jan. 23. And, already this season, he has joined Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Rick Barry as the one gamers with 20 video games of at the very least 40 factors within the first 50 of a season.
As we bid adieu to Harden’s historic run, let’s have a look again at a few of his greatest performances from the 32-game streak …
Dec. 13, 2018: Getting it began …
Each streak has to start out someplace and, sorry Lakers followers, however you had been the primary sufferer. Harden not solely scored 50 factors, but in addition added 10 rebounds, 11 assists and two steals for his second triple-double of the season. For good measure, Harden scored 11 factors within the remaining 5 minutes to assist seal a 126-111 win.
James Harden had a 50-point triple-double to start out his run of 30-point video games.
Dec. 17, 2018: The ‘double step-back’ sport
In an enormous win towards a fellow playoff contender, Harden got here up with an enormous 47 factors in a win towards the Utah Jazz. Nonetheless, this one may greatest be remembered for the clinching shot Harden made that had many followers up in arms. His step-back (step-back) jumper with 13.Three seconds left over Ricky Rubio had the NBA Twitterverse up in arms (and the NBA later admitted it missed calling a journey on the transfer).
James Harden notched 47 factors towards the Jazz on Dec. 17.
Dec. 25, 2018: Harden shines brilliant vs. OKC
There’s at all times an air of drama surrounding any Rockets-Thunder matchup from any variety of storylines: the Harden vs. Russell Westbrook showdown, their previous playoff matchups and their respective locations within the Western Convention pecking order this season. Harden scored 41 on this night time, marking his seventh straight sport of 30 or extra within the run. That was probably the most within the NBA since Westbrook had eight 30-point video games again in November of 2016.
James Harden did all of it in a win on Christmas Day towards OKC.
Jan. Three, 2019: Warriors stung at buzzer
The Thunder, Celtics, Pelicans and Grizzlies all suffered losses fueled by 40-point efforts from Harden from Christmas Day to New Yr’s Eve. Because the calendar turned to 2019, Harden saved a powerful dose of scoring venom for the rival Golden State Warriors. He not solely dropped 44 factors on them — his fifth straight sport with 40 or extra — however nailed an inconceivable game-winning Three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in OT to drop Golden State.
James Harden fueled an incredible comeback win in Oakland on Jan. Three.
Jan. 11, 2019: A historic triple-double
Given the workload and variety of shot makes an attempt Harden garnered through the streak, environment friendly scoring stats had been a uncommon sight for him through the run. A type of nights got here in early January, although. He had 43 factors, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in simply 29 minutes vs. Cleveland, changing into the primary participant in NBA historical past to have a 40-point triple-double in lower than 30 minutes of play.
Jan. 14, 2019: Passing Kobe, scoring 50
After an uncharacteristically dangerous capturing sport an evening earlier in a loss to the Orlando Magic, Harden had 57 factors on 17-for-33 capturing (and 6-for-15 from deep) to energy a blowout victory. This sport marked the 17th straight sport during which Harden notched 30 or extra factors, transferring him previous Kobe Bryant on the record. His 17 straight video games was the NBA’s longest run since Chamberlain had 20 such video games in 1964 (a mark he would cross 4 video games later).
James Harden was a scorching scorer on Jan. 14 towards the Grizzlies.
Jan. 15, 2019: A 50-point effort in defeat
What do you do while you’ve scored a season excessive an evening earlier? For those who’re Harden, you go prime it. He had 58 factors and 10 rebounds because the Rockets shot an NBA-record 70 Three-pointers towards Brooklyn. Nonetheless, it was Spencer Dinwiddie who stole the present on Harden’s night time, scoring 25 fourth-quarter factors to spark the Nets to a 145-142 extra time victory.
James Harden ran wild on Jan. 15, however the Nets dropped the Rockets in OT.
Jan. 23, 2019: Harden’s MSG second
Madison Sq. Backyard has been dwelling to many nice NBA moments and, on this date, a number of extra happened. Harden scored a career-best 61 factors, hitting the 30-point mark with three minutes to go within the first half. On this sport, he grew to become the primary participant with 60 factors and 15 rebounds since 2000 (Shaquille O’Neal), the primary participant to aim 20 Three-pointers and 20 free throws and the primary participant with three 55-point video games in a month since 1963 (Chamberlain). Oh, and he additionally moved into fourth place on the 30-point sport scoring streak.
James Harden delivered a career-best 61 factors on Jan. 23 vs. New York.
Jan. 25, 2019: Kawhi vs. Harden showdown
The Raptors and Rockets waged a basic that featured two Kia MVP varieties in Harden and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. Fittingly, the sport got here right down to a late Three-point try by Leonard, who was (in fact) guarded by Harden. Leonard missed the shot and Harden notched his 22nd straight sport with 30 or extra factors. As well as, he led his crew and Houston’s opponent in scoring for the 22nd straight sport. That moved Harden previous Jordan for the second-longest streak in NBA historical past behind Chamberlain, who did it in 40 in a row.
James Harden delivered an enormous sport towards the Raptors on Jan. 25.
Feb. 2, 2019: Harden retains climbing
The Jazz had been victimized by Harden earlier within the streak — see the “double step-back” sport above — and fell prey to him once more in February. Harden not solely had 43 factors, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals, however got here inside a block of his first profession five-by-five sport. In racking up this 30-plus level sport, he took possession of the third-longest such streak in NBA historical past (trailing solely Chamberlain, in fact).
James Harden flirted with a five-by-five sport towards Utah on Feb. 2.
Feb. 11, 2019: Protecting the streak alive …
Some nights for Harden, attending to 30 factors appeared as straightforward as a step-back Three-pointer. Different nights, that wasn’t fairly the case. Such was the state of affairs towards Dallas with beneath a minute to go. Caught at 28 factors and with a win effectively in tow, Chris Paul discovered a option to get Harden an honest take a look at a Three-pointer from the left wing. He nailed it with 52.eight seconds to go, working his streak to 30 straight video games, placing him on the cusp of the second-longest mark ever.
It wasn’t straightforward, however James Harden stored his scoring streak rolling on Feb. 11.
Feb. 21, 2019: Historical past for Harden
Nobody can take the second-longest 30-point scoring run away from Harden. That was assured on this date when he notched 30 factors, 10 rebounds and 9 assists towards the Lakers. Nonetheless, it was unlikely to be a very memorable night time for Harden. Why? He fouled out with 1:24 remaining and his Rockets blew a 19-point result in LeBron James and Co. in gorgeous vogue. Nonetheless, regardless of how this sport is seen, it’s going to eternally be a standout second in Harden’s profession.
James Harden handed the 30-point mark for the 32nd straight sport on Feb. 21.
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Info from The Related Press was used on this report.