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Rockets’ James Harden ties Michael Jordan with eight 50-point games in a single season

James Harden, Michael Jordan, Rockets

Houston Rockets star James Harden is having a ridiculous season, and during the Rockets’ win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, Harden achieved yet another milestone, tying Michael Jordan with his eighth 50-point game of the season.

Harden not only scored 50, but he finished with 61, marking his second 60-point game of the year, as well.

The reigning MVP did it in efficient fashion, too, making 19 of his 34 field-goal attempts and going 9-of-13 from three-point range. In addition, he made 14 of his 17 free throws.

On the season overall, Harden is averaging 36.5 points, 7.6 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals over 37.3 minutes per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 87.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The 61-point effort also represented Harden’s second consecutive 50-point outing, as he also poured in 57 points during an overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday evening.

Prior to the last two games, March had actually been a relatively “quiet” month for Harden, as he failed to reach 30 points in four of his first eight games, which was a shockingly low success rate for a guy who posted 32 straight 30-point games from mid-December through the end of February.

As a matter of fact, in February as a whole, Harden averaged an insane 43.6 points per game.

The 29-year-old not only has a great shot of winning his second straight MVP award, but he will also surely win his second scoring title in a row, as Harden paced the league by averaging 30.4 points per game last season.