Rockets’ James Harden approaching record numbers for November
Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden is in the cusp of joining NBA royalty, needing only 30 points and nine assists today against the Indiana Pacers to join the likes of Oscar Robertson and Tiny Archibald as the only players to ever average 35 points and 10 assists for a month, according to ESPN Stats & Info via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Harden has been on a tear this month, averaging 35.4 points and 10.1 assists per game through a November stretch that has seen the West-leading Rockets post an 11-1 record through his offensive barrage.
The Beard posted a career-high 56 points against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 5 and posted one of the most efficient NBA outings in a 48-point performance against the Phoenix Suns.
He has attempted 10 or more free throws in seven of his 12 games this month — a large reason of his scoring prowess, which has continued despite the return of floor general Chris Paul into the starting lineup.
Robertson has become more of a household name with younger generations due to Russell Westbrook breaking his 55-year-old record for most triple doubles in a season, but Archibald was one of the best scoring guards of his time, averaging 34 points and 11.4 assists per game as a member of the Kansas City Kings, back in 1972-73.
Harden’s incredible momentum could make this very possible, as he has put up five games of 30-plus points and nine assists this month alone.