Even in a shedding effort, James Harden is making historical past. He completed with 58 factors within the Houston Rockets’ time beyond regulation loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, two days after dropping 57 on the Memphis Grizzlies. Till Spencer Dinwiddie (33 factors) and Jarrett Allen (20 factors, 24 rebounds) led spectacular comebacks within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation, it seemed like the largest story of the evening can be the reigning MVP making his case for a repeat by lifting a short-handed Rockets squad to one other win. Because it was, Harden nonetheless put up eye-popping numbers which have to be seen to be believed.
Harden’s 58 factors have been essentially the most he has scored this season and two shy of his Rockets franchise report. Solely Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (60 factors vs. 76ers in November) has scored extra in a sport this season. Mixed with the 57 he scored on Monday, Harden has scored 115 factors in his previous two video games. That is tied for third-most in a two-game span up to now 30 years. Each Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan had 118-point runs, with Bryant’s together with his 81-point sport in 2006.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 factors within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation, and the Nets spoiled James Harden’s 58-point evening with a 145-142 highway victory over the Rockets on Wednesday.
James Harden’s fashion of offense is not everybody’s cup of tea.
Extremely, in these two video games, Harden has made a mixed 33 discipline targets, none of which have been assisted. Harden is the one participant up to now 20 seasons to have a number of video games of 16-plus discipline targets, all of which have been unassisted, not to mention the one one to do it in consecutive video games. Harden’s final basket that got here off an help got here in the course of the fourth quarter of Houston’s loss to Orlando on Sunday (for the report, Clint Capela obtained the help).
In his previous 20 video games, Harden is averaging 41.2 PPG. In accordance to the Elias Sports activities Bureau, solely 4 different NBA gamers have averaged a minimum of 40 factors in a 20-game span: Rick Barry (22), Bryant (23), Elgin Baylor (33) and Wilt Chamberlain, who stored his scoring common over 40 factors for an unbelievable 515-game run. Harden joined Chamberlain as the one gamers in NBA historical past to report back-to-back 55-point video games.
Harden now has 13 50-point video games in his profession, passing LeBron James for essentially the most amongst lively gamers. Harden stands alone in sixth on the NBA’s all-time record behind Barry, Baylor, Bryant, Jordan and Chamberlain. He’s the fourth participant in NBA historical past with a number of streaks of 50-point video games in his profession, together with Chamberlain, Baylor and Bryant.
Not to be misplaced among the many 50-point milestones is the truth that Harden has scored a minimum of 30 factors in 18 consecutive video games. That extends his report for the longest such streak for the reason that merger and is the longest general since Chamberlain had a 20-game streak in 1964. Harden has mixed to rating and help on a minimum of 50 factors in every of these video games, the longest such streak in NBA historical past, in accordance to Elias.
Harden obtained his factors Wednesday evening in typical Harden vogue: going 5-for-19 from Three-point vary and 21-for-23 from the free throw line. His 21 made free throws tied the excessive mark for the NBA this season, as Harden himself had a 21-free-throw sport on New Yr’s Eve towards the Grizzlies. His 23 free throw makes an attempt have been greater than the Nets (22) had as a group. Harden now has 50 video games in his profession with extra free throw makes an attempt than the opposing group. In accordance to Elias, that is one shy of Bryant’s NBA report.
At first, it did not seem like Wednesday can be a historic evening for Harden. He scored simply 14 factors within the first half, then went off for 22 third-quarter factors. That was his highest-scoring quarter of the season and the NBA-leading fifth time this season that he has scored a minimum of 20 in 1 / 4. Stephen Curry stored tempo with Harden by notching his fourth 20-point quarters later Wednesday evening.
The 19 Three-point makes an attempt by Harden helped the Rockets set an NBA report with 70 Three-point makes an attempt, breaking the single-game mark of 61 set by … the Rockets in 2016 (Harden had 12 Three-point makes an attempt in that sport).
Thanks to his latest scorching run, Harden has raised his scoring common to 35.four factors per sport, which not solely can be a profession excessive but additionally would make Harden the sixth participant in NBA historical past to common a minimum of 35 PPG in a season, together with Bryant, Jordan, Barry, Baylor and Chamberlain, who did so in 5 seasons.
Regardless of all of the incredible numbers, there’s one stat from Wednesday evening that Harden would in all probability like to overlook: The Rockets misplaced, regardless of main by six factors within the closing 30 seconds of regulation. Coming into Wednesday, Houston was 682-Zero over the previous 20 seasons in such conditions.
The Rockets led by 6 within the closing 30 seconds of regulation vs the Nets.
Houston was 682-Zero getting into Wednesday when main by 6+ within the final 30 seconds of regulation during the last 20 seasons. That was essentially the most wins and not using a loss by any group in that span. pic.twitter.com/SWv8FPNX8F
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