Rockets’ James Harden is first player ever to miss 50 3-pointers in first five games of a season
James Harden continues to set records for three pointers, but I doubt he will be proud of his latest one.
The bearded Houston Rockets guard has become the first player in NBA history to reach 50 3-pointers missed in his first five games of a season, per statistician Justin Kubatko.
In a span of less than two weeks, Harden had already missed 56 attempts from rainbow country – which was 10 more than the previous record through five games.
Harden notched the unflattering feat in the Rockets’ 123-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
He poured in 36 points in 36 minutes but shot a putrid 2-for-16 (12.5 percent) from long range and was largely responsible for Houston’s measly 25 percent shooting clip (12-of-48) from downtown.
As with the rest of the Rockets squad, the seven-time All-Star has had the green-light from coach Mike D’Antoni to let it fly from distance in spurts.
But Harden’s efficiency has dropped to an alarming rate so far this year, as he is currently averaging 14 3-point attempts per game and is only connecting on 20 percent of those shots.
The Rockets are currently in the top 5 for total three-pointers made this season (74) but ranks near the bottom in terms of accuracy at 31 percent.
Harden, meanwhile, is still adjusting to sharing the same floor once more to former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook.
The ball-dominant pair has managed to share the load on offense and have been getting their usual numbers this year. The Rockets currently holds a 3-2 slate.
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