James Harden says he can’t compare himself to Wilt Chamberlain
Harden has scored at least 30 points in 31 consecutive games, a feat no one has done in the NBA since Chamberlain.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 19, 2019
Harden is currently on a scoring tear that we didn’t think was possible. Chamberlain played in an era where he was the tallest guy on the court every night. That doesn’t take away from his scoring prowess, as scoring 100 points in a game isn’t easy to do, but what Harden is doing this season is much tougher considering the competition he’s going up against on a nightly basis.
“The Beard” currently leads the NBA in scoring. The reigning MVP is averaging 36.6 points per game for the Rockets and has single-handedly brought Houston from the cellar of the Western Conference standings to the fifth seed.
During this 31-game streak of scoring at least 30 points, Harden is averaging 41.5 points. He scored 61 points on Jan. 23 against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It might not be pretty to watch, but what Harden is doing right now is simply phenomenal.
The Rockets open up the second half of the season on Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Harden will look to make it 32 straight games of scoring at least 30 points.