Let’s Talk About Harden’s 30-Point Game Streak

January 24, 2019 | CBN

James Harden could well be on his way to making NBA history.

James could well be on his way to making NBA history.

It’s hard not to notice that the Houston Rockets’ James Harden has been on a 20-game streak of scoring at least 30 points, including an impressive 48 points in a game against the Lakers on Saturday. It’s also worth mentioning that, of these 20 games, Harden has contributed 40 or more points nine times – and even basking in the 50-pointers three times.

The 29-year-old James averages out to a 42.3 ppg over the 20-game span (NBA.com/Stats), and we have no doubt that he’ll continue his feat. In fact, if he does keep it up , he could be sharing NBA-scoring history with Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Rick Barry – who have all averaged at least 35 points per game in a single season.

During an interview with Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Harden explained a major source of his impeccable drive:
Kobe and Wilt and Jordan — now we’re talking about the elites of the game, the greatest to ever touch a basketball,” Harden said. “It’s honorable to be up there with those names. Honest, I have a long way to go. I’m not even close to what they accomplished in their careers. But it’s pretty cool to be in that conversation and almost there. But I have a lot of work to do".
“That’s one of the reasons you play the game of basketball: to be, when it’s all said and done, mentioned as one of the greats, the greatest that ever dribbled a basketball, whether it’s Wilt, whether it’s Jordan, and the list goes on,” Harden said. “Obviously, you want to win championships and want the individual accomplishments, but every day (when) I’m in the gym and work on moves, I think about that".
“When I’m done, whenever that is, I want my name up there with [those greats]”. (Houston Chronicle)

Unfortunately, the Rockets have seen their fair share of injuries this season – with key players Paul and now Capela both out, putting some added strain on Harden. But through it all, James keeps optimism at his side while he’s making his outstanding moves.

We know as a healthy unit, we can beat anybody. I know as long as I can keep our head above water, once those guys get back my minutes will go down, we’ll win, and it will be a lot easier. Until then, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.” (Houston Chronicle)

 

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