Rockets star James Harden speaks out on 60-point outing vs. Hawks, tying Michael Jordan’s record
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden continued his magnificent 2019-20 campaign with a season-high 60 points in just 31 minutes. In the process, he also tied Michael Jordan for the third most 60-point games in NBA history and now trails just Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time list.
Asked about the accomplishment in his post-game interview, Harden was humbled hearing his name alongside the three greats. He also acknowledged that while he wants to be in the same breath as those three when it’s all said and done, he knows that he has a lot more work to do to get to get where they eventually finished their respective careers.
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— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 1, 2019
Harden has often received criticism on how he gets his points. But at this point, it’s hard to deny that he is already one of the greatest scorers in NBA history.
What he is doing right now is simply unheard of in the modern NBA. Prior to Saturday’s clash, Harden is averaging 37.7 points per game on 43.4 percent shooting. He is converting 4.8 threes a night and getting to the line nearly 14 times and making 12 of them.
Given these numbers and insane scoring outbursts from the two-time scoring champ, perhaps it’s time to cement Harden’s name alongside those three generational stars in terms of their ability to put points on the board.
However, the only thing that separates the 2017-18 MVP from the three is the NBA championship. The perception on Harden is that he is only good for the regular season and fails during the playoffs, where he has seen numerous heartbreaks and shortcomings.
Harden is on a mission to capture his first ever NBA championship. Surely, winning that elusive title would shut up his haters for good and forever change his image among the greats in NBA history.