We can not stop James Harden: Two days after scoring 57 points against Memphis, MVP title 58 hit Brooklyn on Wednesday
NBA. That did not stop the loss of Houston, 145-142 after extra time. He's the first player since December 2017 to chain two consecutive games to 50 points and more for some time ... James Harden, already.
The feat remains rare as it has only been successful five times in the last thirty years, including former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who had dropped four games to 50 points and more in 2007.
Harden is on his planet. He has consistently topped 30 points in his last 18 games, most since Elgin Baylor (1961-62). Only the legendary Wilt Chamberlain was better in the 1961-62 season with 65 consecutive matches at this threshold. More importantly, in the past five games, "The Beard" is running at a staggering 47.6 points average.
But Harden is a bit lonely. Chris Paul is still recovering, Clint Capela has gone to the infirmary and Eric Gordon, who has returned after nine absentee games, returns to the locker room during the match, again complaining about his right knee. It felt like overtime, where the Rockets believed they had won the game by winning seven advantage points (142-135) 90 seconds before the mermaid.
The last player to score more than 55 points in consecutive games was Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. pic.twitter.com/LvGUedz3vb- NBA (@NBA) January 17, 2019
Brooklyn, driven by Spencer Dinwiddie (33 pts) and Jarrett Allen (20 pts 24 RDBDS), ended strong with a bang-hard 10: 0 West Conference (25 v-19 d). "It's frustrating, very frustrating, we ended up making small mistakes that cost us a lot of money," Harden said.
This encounter also made history when most of the three-point baskets were tried by a team from Houston who had bowed 70 times, including 19 from Harden flying 23 times.