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James Harden sets record only matched by Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

James Harden just about reached 20 points in the Houston Rockets’ 121-103 blowout defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards on Friday night. Harden’s final bucket before sitting the rest of the game out turned out to be an important one as it saw him join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain with his impressive streak.

It speaks to Harden’s remarkable consistency that he joins two of the greatest ever scorers in Abdul-Jabbar and Chamberlain in reaching that mark of consecutive 20-point games to start a season.

Harden’s just a scoring machine who can do so in just about every way imaginable. He can constantly attack the rim, and he will inevitably get to the line a bunch of times because of his aggressiveness. He can also kill opponents with his ability as a knockdown shooter.

In an era where stars resting and taking games off is now the norm, it’s also notable that Harden does not take nights off. He plays just about every game every year, and he consistently performs just about every time he does step onto the court.

At the rate he’s going, injury might just be the most realistic way Harden’s impressive 20-point streak is eventually snapped.