Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been on a scoring rampage this season, leading the league in points per game with 35.8. He's also one a pretty impressive passer, with 7.7 per contest. The reigning league MVP has been able to fully utilize both his scoring and passing to his strengths, making him one of the best all-around players in the NBA.
Harden's 31 points and 10 assists helped the Rockets earn a win against the Atlanta Hawks. He also surpassed Hall of Famer Jerry West for an impressive statistical feat, according to StatMuse's Justin Kubatko.
James Harden recorded the 74th 30-point, 10-assist game of his career last night, breaking his tie with Jerry West on the all-time list. The only players in NBA history with more such games are Oscar Robertson (230), LeBron James (77), and Nate Archibald (76).
The All-Star guard has been impressive all season. Despite dealing with a recurring cervical strain, Harden continues to be unstoppable on the court. And while the injury may have impacted his shooting percentage, he still finds a way to make his teammates better.
And for a team as talented as the Rockets, that's not difficult to do.
Houston is expected to make a deep run in the playoffs, and a lot of people are considering them as one of the biggest threats to the Golden State Warriors' three-peat aspirations.
And Harden will play a major role in accomplishing that feat.