Rockets’ James Harden moves past Elgin Baylor into 4th on all-time 40-point games list
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden had another monster outing on Saturday, as he torched the Phoenix Suns en route to a game-high 47 points (15-of-27 from the field, 8-of-9 from the line), along with nine 3-pointers, six rebounds, seven assists, and a block in 34 minutes of play.
This was Harden’s 89th 40-point performance in his entire career, and by reaching this milestone, he just surpassed Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor for the No. 4 spot for the most 40-point games in the history of the league:
47 PTS | 9 3PM | 6 REB | 7 AST pic.twitter.com/Am3XXwze6T
— NBA (@NBA) December 22, 2019
Only Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant have more:
James Harden now has the 4th-most 40-point games ever after dropping 47 last night 😤 pic.twitter.com/jct7a8j0LS
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 22, 2019
What an achievement this was for Harden, who has been absolutely balling all season long for the Rockets. Right now, the former Most Valuable Player is averaging a league-best 38.8 points (on 44.9 percent shooting), 5.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks while also knocking down 5.1 3-pointers per ballgame on a 36.7 percent clip. These are some dizzying numbers, and it was more of the same on Saturday, with the 6-foot-5 combo guard leading his side to a 139-125 victory against the Suns.
For his part, Harden’s backcourt buddy, Russell Westbrook, also reached a milestone himself on Saturday, with the eight-time All-Star climbing the ranks on the league’s all-time scoring list:
Westbrook has moved past Tony Parker and into the top 50 on the NBA's All-Time scoring list. He has 30, giving the Rockets multiple 30-point scorers for the first time this season, with 10 assists.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 22, 2019
Westbrook was very impressive against Phoenix as well, logging 30 points (on 11-of-21 shooting), four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, and a block in 33 minutes of play.
This was Houston’s third straight victory, with the team now in possession of a 20-9 record and the fourth spot in the Western Conference.