Rockets’ James Harden becomes second player in NBA history to score 30 points in at least 19-straight games
James Harden’s scoring rampage continues. The reigning MVP had another offensive outburst tonight, as he finished with 48 points, eight rebounds, and six assists to propel the Houston Rockets to a 138-134 come from behind win against the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime.
Harden has now scored at least 30 points in 19 consecutive games, and is now alongside Laker legend Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to accomplish such feat in the history of the NBA.
James Harden has joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to score at least 30 points in 19 straight games. pic.twitter.com/Jt5aPwiIoq
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 20, 2019
The streak coincidentally began against the Lakers in December 13 last year. Since then, Harden has been an unstoppable scoring machine. He was two points shy of notching a third consecutive 50-point game.
With backcourt partner Chris Paul and center Clint Capela out with injuries, the Rockets have heavily relied on Harden to help them win games, and he delivers every night for the team’s past 19 games. He’s making a strong case to win his second consecutive MVP award.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton said pregame that if they are able to prevent Harden from scoring 50 points, then they consider it an accomplishment. They’ve been able to do that, and more, but couldn’t keep their lead in the final minutes of the fourth period and eventually lost in overtime.
Harden torched the Lakers from everywhere. He shot 14-30 from the field including 8-19 from deep, including the crucial baskets that helped the Rockets send the game in to an extra period.