Rockets’ James Harden moves up to 55th on all-time scoring list, passes Russell Westbrook
Harden, who finished with a game-high 44 points, recorded the 19,088-point of his career, as he took over the number 55th spot previously held by Westbrook who has 19,085 total points.
In true Harden fashion, he clinched the milestone with his patented step back three-pointer. Up next on the list for Harden is Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich who scored 19,181 throughout his 14-year playing career.
James Harden just passed Russell Westbrook on the all-time scoring list with a step-back three
Current all-time leaderboard:
54. Gail Goodrich – 19,181
55. James Harden – 19,088
56. Russell Westbrook – 19,085
57. Reggie Theus – 19,015 pic.twitter.com/BQmEv5rBDM
— Michael Shapiro (@mshap2) November 16, 2019
Winners of their last six consecutive games, the Rockets are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, currently occupying the number two spot in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Lakers.
They currently hold a 9-3 slate after starting the season at 3-3. Westbrook and Harden, who played four seasons together with the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2009-12, is still taking turns in coach Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo offense.
Westbrook finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in 40 minutes versus Indiana.
Harden, meanwhile, is the NBA’s leading scorer, averaging 38.7 points on 42.0 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 from three.
He has already eclipsed a couple of franchise and league records to begin season, while his current scoring average is the highest the NBA has seen in the last 50 years.
Harden has been in the MVP conversation the last couple seasons, winning the plum in 2018 and was a close runner-up to Giannis Antetokounmpo last year.
He is expected to break into the top 50 all-time scorers before this season ends.