Rockets superstar James Harden passes Allen Iverson for 5th-most 40-point games
James Harden of the Houston Rockets just passed NBA icon Allen Iverson for the fifth-most 40-point games in league history.
In the Rockets’ 107-100 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, Harden dropped 44 points on top of 10 rebounds,and six assists. This is the 80th 40-point game of his career, allowing him to overtake Iverson for the sole possession of the spot in the history books.
This is James Harden’s 80th career 40-point game, passing Allen Iverson for sole possession of 5th in NBA history pic.twitter.com/VzWLDQcwpM
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 5, 2019
Harden shot 12-of-28 from the field, 7-of-16 from 3-point country and 13-of-18 from the free-throw line. Through seven games of the 2019-20 season, the former league MVP is putting up 35.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game.
Harden is considered to be one of the most prolific scorers not just of his generation, but in the history of basketball. While he didn’t invent the step-back 3-pointer, it is a move that he has mastered to perfection and utilized to the extreme.
Last year was the best season for Harden scoring-wise. He led the league with 36.1 points per game — a feat which included several 40-point, 50-point and 60-point games. From the looks of it, Harden is picking up where he left off.
On any given night, Harden is capable of mounting a scoring outburst, especially when his team needs it. While many have continued to discredit Harden and the Rockets, the Sixth Man of the Year turned MVP continues to use their criticism as fuel to his fire.
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