Rockets’ James Harden on pace to average 36-7-6 line for the first time in NBA history
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden had another outstanding performance on Thursday night, dropping an astounding 58 points against the Miami Heat in a 121-118 comeback win for the Rockets.
The reigning MVP has been on fire all season long, and as detailed by Sam Amick for The Athletic, Harden is on pace to achieve a never-before-seen feat by the end of this season:
He is on pace to become the first player in NBA history to average at least 36 points, seven assists and six rebounds, per Basketball-Reference.com. It’s the scoring (36.3 points per game) that makes this trifecta so untouchable, and the only other player who came anywhere close wasn’t really close at all: Michael Jordan averaged 32.5, eight rebounds and eight assists in the 1988-89 season.
We are simply running out of superlatives to describe Harden’s masterclass of a season, and this recent bit just proves how historic his numbers have been. Just to be mentioned in the same light as the great Michael Jordan already speaks volumes of Harden’s performances, but the fact that he is putting up better numbers than MJ is simply astonishing.
On the season, the 29-year-old is currently averaging 36.6 points (on 44.4 percent shooting), 4.9 3-pointers, 6.6 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.8 blocks in 37.4 minutes per ballgame. He is also shooting 87.6 percent from the line on 11.6 attempts per contest.
James Harden and the Rockets have just 20 more regular-season matchups left, and considering how scorching he has been of late, we see no reason why the seven-time All-Star won’t be able to achieve the aforementioned historic feat.
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