Houston Rockets star James Harden has been having a surreal season, and on Saturday night, he recorded the third 40-point, 10-rebound, five-steal game of his career, tying Michael Jordan and Anthony Davis for the most in NBA history:
James Harden recorded his 3rd career 40-point, 10-rebound and 5-steal game, tying Anthony Davis and Michael Jordan for most since steals became official in 1973-74. (via @EliasSports) pic.twitter.com/Vfie4Uvkni
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 3, 2019
Harden’s exact stat line in the Rockets’ 125-98 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday evening consisted of 43 points, 12 rebounds, six steals, five assists and four blocks while going 12-of-22 from the floor and making four 3-pointers. He also made all 15 of his free throws.
With the performance, Harden also tallied his 26th straight game of 30 points or more, a streak that dates back to Dec. 13.
During this ridiculous span, the 28-year-old has racked up 15 40-point games and four 50-point games, including a 61-point outburst in a victory over the New York Knicks on Jan. 23.
Harden won the Western Conference Player of the Month for January after registering 43.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.2 blocks over 38.8 minutes per game while shooting 43.0 percent from the field, 33.5 percent from 3-point range and 90.6 percent from the free-throw line.
On the season overall, the reigning MVP is recording 36.3 points, 8.1 assists, 6.8 boards and 2.2 steals across 37.5 minutes a night, making 43.9 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.0 percent of his long-distance tries and 86.7 percent of his foul shots.
Harden is also aiming for his second straight scoring title. Last season, he led the league with 30.4 points per game.
The Rockets improved to 30-22 with the win over the Jazz and will face the Phoenix Suns on Monday night before concluding their four-game road trip in Sacramento on Wednesday.