James Harden of the Houston Rockets just placed himself right beside the greatest of all time — Michael Jordan — in an exclusive stat club.
Per Justin Kubatko of Stat Muse, Harden and Jordan are the only two players in NBA history to score 600 or more points in a single month. Jordan achieved the feat in March 1987 — his third year in the NBA. It was the season he averaged a whopping 37.1 points per game.
James Harden is the first player since Michael Jordan in March 1987 to score 600 or more points in a month. pic.twitter.com/oqFe9OzgRt
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) January 30, 2019
Harden, for his part, is currently averaging 36.3 points per game, along with 8.2 assists, and 6.6 rebounds. In the month of January, the reigning MVP averaged 43.6 points per game. His scoring total is 610 points.
His highest tally was at 61 points in a 114-110 victory over the New York Knicks. He also notched back-to-back 50-point nights with 57 points (Jan. 14) and 58 points (Jan. 16).
And who could forget Harden’s stellar performance against the defending champions, Golden State Warriors on Jan. 3 in which he dropped 44 points, including the game-winner over two defenders to lead Houston to a 135-134 overtime win on the road. He’s currently on a 24-game streak with at least 30 points. It’s the fourth-longest streak as legend Wilt Chamberlain had three streaks longer, including the NBA record of 65 games.
Harden’s scoring performance has been one of the major storylines this season. Due to this, he’s seen as one of the leading candidates for another MVP trophy.