Houston Rockets superstar shooting guard James Harden has scored at least 30 points in 17 straight games, eclipsing a record which was previously held by Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Bryant scored 30 or more points in 16 consecutive games.

James Harden currently leads the NBA in points per game. The reigning MVP entered Monday averaging 34.2 points a night, and that average will go up after The Beard dropped 57 points on Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Harden is the most polarizing player in the NBA, but stats don’t lie. It doesn’t matter how many free throws he gets. Scoring 30 or more points in an NBA game isn’t easy to do, and Harden has now done it in 17 straight games. It’s time to start appreciating his greatness instead of nitpicking.

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Not only is James Harden putting up video game numbers, he’s leading the Rockets to wins. After Monday’s victory over Memphis, Houston is 14-4 in its last 18 games and Harden is the main reason why the Rockets have climbed up in the Western Conference standings.

Anytime you can pass a record which was held by Bryant, one of the greatest players in NBA history, you are doing something right. Harden led the NBA in scoring last season, and he might do it again this year.