Rockets’ James Harden makes NBA history now that regular season is over
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden scored 27 points in their season finale against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. With the regular season officially in the books, Harden finishes the 2019-20 season with averages of 34.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field, 35.5 percent from three, and 86.5 percent from the foul line.
With that, Harden makes history by winning his third consecutive scoring title. Per Ben DuBose of USA Today, Harden becomes just the fourth player since the ABA merger to lead the league in scoring for three straight seasons. The Beard joins Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, and George Gervin as the only players to ever do so.
Furthermore, the 2017-18 MVP also becomes just the third player after Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain to average at least 34 points per game in multiple seasons. Likewise, this also marks the Rockets star’s third consecutive 30-point campaign.
Harden already made history last season by becoming just the fourth player to average at least 36 points in a season, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Jordan, and Elgin Baylor. He put up an insane 36.1 points through 78 games in 2018-19.
At this point, there is no doubting Harden’s ability to put up points on the board. The 6-foot-5 guard out of Arizona State will go down as one of the most creative and innovative scorers in NBA history. Many people criticize Harden for the way he gets his points, but it’s hard to argue with the results.
However, as historic a scorer he’s already become, Harden is still seeking for that elusive first NBA championship. Many of his naysayers knock him for not being able to perform in the postseason, where it matters most. Winning an NBA title with the Rockets would certainly shut his haters up for good.
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