Rockets’ James Harden becomes ninth player in NBA history to record 10 50-point games
James Harden of the Houston Rockets joined another exclusive scoring club, by being just the ninth player in NBA history to record 10 50-point games.
In their game against the Washington Wizards, Harden tallied 54 points on 17-of-32 shooting from the field. He was also 7-of-15 from downtown and knocked down 13-of-15 of his free throws.
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In addition to his scoring showcase, Harden added 13 assists and eight rebounds, and three steals to his totals. But his efforts were not enough to power his team over the Wizards. It was a heartbreaking overtime loss, 135-131.
Teammate Eric Gordon also had a good scoring night. He finished with 36 points on 12-of-23 from the field and 8-of-16 from downtown.
James Harden joins a bunch of NBA greats who have at least 10 50-point games. These players are Wilt Chamberlain (118), Michael Jordan (31), Kobe Bryant (25), Elgin Baylor (17), Rick Barry (14), LeBron James (12), Allen Iverson (11), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10).
Moving forward, we can and should expect Harden to join more exclusive scoring records. Since joining the Rockets, Harden has unleashed his potential and is now considered one of the best scoring talents out there.
From casually draining threes right in his defenders’ faces to unleashing a spate of dribbling moves to render his defender senseless, Harden seems to have it all. He’ll go down as one of the best to swish the net.
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