Rockets’ James Harden ties Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant for most points in a 2-game span in the last 50 seasons
Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been turning heads with his scoring all season long. Therefore, it’s not that much of a shock whenever he does something that puts him in elite company. That’s happened again, as he tied Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant for the most points in a two-game span in the last 50 seasons.
James Harden has a combined 118 points in his last two games.
Most points in a two-game span in the last 50 seasons:
118 – James Harden (57 on 03/20/19; 61 on 03/22/19)
118 – Kobe Bryant (37 on 01/20/06; 81 on 01/22/06)
118 – Michael Jordan (69 on 03/28/90; 49 on 03/30/90) pic.twitter.com/EwZepHxHo8
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 24, 2019
By dropping 57 then 61 points in consecutive games, James Harden’s 118 combined points between the two tied Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
Surprisingly however, those two games weren’t wins for the Houston Rockets. They lost the first game (his 57 point effort) to the Memphis Grizzlies by a final score of 126-125. They did manage to beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-105 in Harden’s 61 point game though.
Massive scoring numbers are nothing new to James Harden. He’s averaging an absurd 36.5 points per game on the year, and has put up 30-point performances against every single team in the NBA.
Scoring isn’t all Harden does though. He’s also averaging 7.6 assists per game and 6.5 rebounds. Very underrated defensively, he manages 2.2 steals as well.
Unsurprisingly, Harden is set for another big scoring effort against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. At the half, the MVP-front runner already has 21 points as the Rockets hold a big lead.
Although he likely won’t be dropping 50, another 30-point game seems extremely likely at this point.
The Houston Rockets are currently in third place in the Western Conference with a 46-27 record. They’re 3.5 games back from the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors for the two spots ahead of them, but just 0.5 games ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers for fourth.
It’s safe to assume the Rockets are where they are in the standings right now thanks to the scoring abilities of James Harden. If they want to continue their winning ways, more scoring outbursts might be needed. Luckily, that’s his specialty.