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Rockets star James Harden ties Elgin Baylor for 4th-most 60-point games in NBA history

James Harden, Elgin Baylor, Rockets

James Harden is one of the best offensive players the NBA has ever seen, and the Houston Rockets star proved that once again as he led the way in their victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Harden scored more than half of his team’s points in their 111-105 win against the Spurs, dropping 61 points on an efficient 19-of-34 shooting from the field. He also made nine out of his 13 attempts from 3-point territory to pace the Rockets who led by as much as 19 points in the game.

Moreover, Harden’s performance puts him in some elite company. It is now his third game with at least 60 points, putting him alongside Los Angeles Lakers legend Elgin Baylor for the fourth-most regular season games with such stat line.

Only Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have more 60-point games than Harden now. Harden can tie His Airness next, with Jordan boasting four games with at least 60 markers.

Meanwhile, Kobe boasts six while Chamberlain is far ahead of the competition with a dominant 32.

Remarkably, James Harden’s scoring outburst came in the wake of his 57-point explosion against the Memphis Grizzlies. Houston lost that game, but Harden made sure that the Spurs wouldn’t do the same this time and spoil his historic play.