James Harden sets NBA record with 11 straight games of 5+ 3-pointers
Stephen Curry may be the greatest shooter to ever set foot on a basketball court, but on Wednesday night Houston Rockets star James Harden accomplished a shooting feat that not even Curry himself has achieved.
By burying six three-pointers in the Rockets’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Harden became the first player in NBA history to hit five or more threes in 11 straight games. And you want to hear the craziest part about Harden’s streak? He has made exactly five triples just twice during this run.
Thus far in his still-active streak, Harden has topped out at 10 three-pointers, going 10-of-23 from downtown in a thrilling overtime win over the Golden State Warriors last Thursday. He also made nine treys in a victory over the Boston Celtics back on Dec. 29.
Harden finished with 42 points in Houston’s defeat against the Bucks, marking his sixth 40-point performance in his last eight games. He put together a streak of five-straight 40-point outings from Christmas Day through Jan. 3, with his 45 points against the Celtics representing his high-water mark.
The reigning MVP also tallied six 40-point games in December overall, including a 50-point outburst in a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers back on Dec. 13. Overall this year, Harden is averaging a league-best 33.7 points per game to go along with 8.7 assists, 5.9 rebounds and two blocks a night. He’s shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 38.6 percent from three-point range and 85.1 percent from the free-throw line.
The Rockets are now 23-17 on the year and have gone 12-3 since their 11-14 start.