James Harden continued his impressive scoring run Wednesday night as he led the Houston Rockets to another win.
The reigning NBA MVP scored 61 points, grabbed 15 boards, and dished out five assists to help the Rockets outlast the New York Knicks 114-110 at Madison Square Garden.
Harden has now scored at least 30 points in 21 straight games, and according to ESPN, he had three other statistical achievements in the game:
James Harden finished with 61 points and 15 rebounds against the Knicks.
– Tied for the most points by a visitor at the current MSG
– 1st player with 60 points and 15 rebounds in a game since Shaq in 2000
– 1st player in NBA history to attempt 20 threes and 20 free throws pic.twitter.com/p2bW6DLA1D
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 24, 2019
Harden shot 17-of-38 from the field against the Knicks and he once again took a ton of foul shots, making 22-of-25 free-throw attempts. He also shot 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.
The Rockets, who are missing the services of All-Star guard Chris Paul and defensive big man Clint Capela for the past few games due to injuries, have been relying heavily on Harden’s production, especially on the offensive end. He has scored at least 40 points in 11 of the team’s last 15 games, including at least 57 points in three of their last five.
With Harden leading the way, the Rockets have remained in the upper echelon of the standings. They currently have a 27-20 record, good for fifth best in the Western Conference.
If Harden continues his stellar performance until the end of the season, he has a legitimate chance to win his second consecutive MVP award.