If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t watched, read, or even followed any basketball lately, you might not know that James Harden is as hot as lava right now.
Harden has single-handedly brought the Houston Rockets back up into contention this year, all thanks to his unbelievable scoring abilities. But last night against the Orlando Magic, Houston took a loss (116-109) and James had a historically bad shooting night. He shot 1-for-17 from 3-point range, tying the league’s single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc. “They just didn’t go in,” Harden shrugged after the game.
But on the other hand, Harden scored 38 points for the night. This marked the 16th consecutive time he’s scored at least 30 or more points in a game. Kobe Bryant is the only one standing side-by-side with Harden for the league’s longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77. Harden now is averaging 34.2 points per game this season, which puts him on a very exclusive pace.
In the past 40 seasons, only Michael Jordan (37.1 points in 1986-87 and 35.0 points in 1987-88) and Bryant (35.4 points in 2005-06) have finished with a higher average than Harden has right now. James is doing more for his team than ever, and Tom Ziller from SB Nation brings up a good point that it might be a bad sign for the Rockets.
Catch you Thursday.