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James Harden sets dubious 3-point record in loss to Magic

James Harden of the Houston Rockets now holds for most 3-point attempts with just a single made shot (or no makes) in a single game. In their 116-109 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night, Harden was just 1-of-17 from downtown.

Despite the loss and the awful night from three-point country, Harden managed to crawl his way to 38 points. He was 11-of-32 from the field and 15-of-16 from the free throw line. The Rockets star also had 12 assists, nine rebounds, and four steals. His performance tied Kobe Bryant for most consecutive games with at least 30 points with 16.

The loss and bad individual performance, however, cannot downplay what Harden has done over the last several games. After being one of the bottom-feeders in the Western Conference for most of the season, the reigning MVP has led his team safely within the top eight. If all goes well and the Rockets climb their way up to the top of the conference, Harden may be in line for his second consecutive MVP trophy.

Given his scoring prowess and one-of-a-kind talent, we should expect Harden to shoot lights out in the next game. After all, whenever a scorer like Harden has a bad shooting night, they usually explode in the next game. The Rockets will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.