James Harden passed Elgin Baylor for 4th most 50-point games in NBA history
With his 18th 50-point game this past Saturday against the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets superstar shooting guard James Harden passed Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor for fourth most 50-point games in NBA history.
Baylor recorded 17 50-point games during his legendary career.
Harden now trails Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time 50-point games list.
With his 18th 50-point game on Saturday, James Harden passed Elgin Baylor for 4th most all-time pic.twitter.com/mvClDGNMNI
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Harden has established himself as one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. The reigning MVP is on his way to leading the league in points per game for the second consecutive season.
In 73 games this season for the Rockets, Harden is averaging 36.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per contest. The Beard is shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 88.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Harden has seven 50-point games this season. He’s scored 61 points two times as well. The seven-time All-Star is a walking bucket and there’s pretty much nothing you can do to stop him other than praying he misses.
The Rockets are 49-28 on the season, which is good for third place in the Western Conference standings. At one point in the season, Houston was in the 14th spot in the West. Harden’s scoring tear brought the Rockets back from the dead. It’s why many believe he should win the MVP award again.
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