As James Harden proceeds to rack up historic numbers, add him to another list.
Harden, 29, will become the sixth player ever to average at least 35 points per game in an NBA season – joining Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, and Kobe Bryant.
James Harden will become just the sixth player in NBA history to average at least 35 points per game in a season. The others are Wilt Chamberlain (5x), Michael Jordan (2x), Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, and Kobe Bryant.
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) April 6, 2019
Harden’s performance was a more subtle one than usual Friday night, as the Houston Rockets routed the New York Knicks 120-96.
His 26 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists on 8-of-21 shooting was far less entertaining than his previous encounter against New York where he tallied 61 points.
To be fair, he didn’t play the entire final quarter.
It’s becoming clear at this point of the season that the Rockets don’t need Harden to be himself in order to win games.
However, the postseason will be a different story.
“We're building very, very good habits no matter who we play,” Harden told Jonathan Feigan of The Houston Chronicle. ”That's our mindset, that's what we preach, and that's what we've been talking about.”
The Rockets are looking to pluck the No. 2 seed from the Denver Nuggets who currently have the slight 1½ edge in the Western Conference.
Harden is putting the wraps on his seventh regular season with the Houston Rockets. He is averaging 36.2 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.5 rebounds. He and Giannis Antetokounmpo continue to alternate punches for the NBA MVP.