Rockets star James Harden ties Michael Jordan’s 25-point streaks
However, his streak of 25-plus point games is still very much alive, per ESPN Stats on Twitter.
His 30-point streak may have ended last week, but James Harden now has 40 consecutive 25-point games, matching a pair of Michael Jordan streaks for the 4th-longest in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/XIgivNB3Up
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 9, 2019
The reigning MVP notched his 40th consecutive 25-point contest in Houston’s 107-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Harden scored 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting, and added 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three three-pointers in 32 minutes.
The streak tied Michael Jordan’s own streaks, which the Chicago Bulls legend did twice in both the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons. Currently, Jordan and Harden’s mark is fourth on the list of longest consecutive 25-point games in NBA history.
Just like with the 30-point game streak, Harden is still a long way from topping or even tying the late great Wilt Chamberlain, who has an all-time record of 65 consecutive 30-point outings. However, he is just two such games away from surpassing his former teammate Kevin Durant on the list. Moreover, Oscar Robertson, who is second on this list, is very much within reach for Harden.
While that feat may seem easy for the NBA’s scoring leader, who is averaging 36.6 points per game this season, it may come with a little bit of a challenge. Harden hurt his wrist in the second quarter against Philly. However, it seems like he won’t miss any time due to the injured wrist as X-rays reportedly came back negative.
Nonetheless, Harden has been on a tear over this 40-game stretch, averaging an insane 40.1 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field and 36 percent shooting from deep. He’s also made nearly 90 percent of his shots from the charity stripe, averaging over 12 free-throw attempts per contest.
Harden has done everything he can to bring Houston back from the grave. He has propelled the team back into the top three in the Western Conference after they fell near the bottom of the standings at the start of the year.
With Harden performing at an all-time level, the Rockets may want to scale back on their superstar guard’s usage and minutes if they want to make another run at Golden State in the post-season.