Rockets’ James Harden’s 163 points over last 3 games trails only Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan in last 50 years
James Harden scored 48 points on Saturday night to lead the Houston Rockets to a 138-134 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers, bringing his team back from an 18-point halftime deficit.
With that most recent outburst by Harden, the reigning MVP has now scored 163 points over his last three games, trailing just Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant for the most points during that span over the last 50 years:
James Harden has scored 163 points in his last three games.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 20, 2019
Prior to dropping a ho-hum 48 on Saturday evening, Harden scored 57 and 58 points, respectively, against the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week.
On Saturday, Harden made 14 of his 30 field goal attempts, burying eight 3-pointers and going 12-of-15 from the free-throw line. In addition, he posted eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.
In the month of January, the 29-year-old is averaging an insane 44.4 points per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, 35 percent from 3-point range and 90.4 percent from the free-throw line. He is also recording 8.9 assists, 8.6 rebounds, two steals and 1.1 blocks over 39.6 minutes per game.
Harden has put together 19 consecutive 30-point games, and during that span, he has dropped 40 points 11 times and 50 points three times.
What’s more, Harden has tallied double-digit free-throw attempts in seven straight contests, topping out at 23 in the Rockets’ loss to the Nets on Wednesday.
On the year overall, Harden is averaging 35.7 points, 8.5 assists and 6.4 boards across 37.4 minutes a night while making 43.9 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.6 percent of his long-distance tries and 86.3 percent of his foul shots.
James Harden is aiming for his second straight scoring title. Last season, he paced the league with 30.4 points per game.