James Harden shrugged off a shoulder challenge to affix Wilt Chamberlain as the one NBA participant to attain at the very least 30 factors in 30 consecutive video games.
The Rockets star completed with 31 factors, seven assists, eight rebounds and 5 steals as Houston beat the Dallas Mavericks on residence court docket 120-104 on Monday night time.
Whereas the reigning common season MVP stored the streak going, he left it very late. Harden drained a 30-foot shot with simply 52.9 seconds remaining to achieve the 30-point mark for the 30th straight sport.
It looked as though Harden’s remarkable feat was coming to an end, until he scored 11 points in the last 1:40 of the game. It was the fourth time Harden has scored at least 10 points in the final three minutes of regulation, more than any other player in the league.
“I didn’t think there was […] a way,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told the Associated Press when asked if he thought Harden’s streak was coming to an end late in the fourth quarter. “But he was amazing.”
The seven-time All-Star struggled on Monday night, finishing 9-of-23 from the field, including a 6-of-17 from beyond the arc. Harden attributed his struggles to a shoulder strain he suffered on Sunday.
“I couldn’t get the lift that I usually have for my shot, but that’s no excuse,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN. “I am simply glad we received the sport.”
The 29-year-old is now one sport away from equalling Chamberlain’s file of 31 consecutive video games with at the very least 30 factors. The streak is the second-longest in NBA historical past, bettered solely by Chamberlain’s 65-game run.
Harden is averaging 39.9 factors over the past 10 video games, with Houston going 7-Three over the stretch. The Rockets are 21-9 since his scoring spree started, a run which has helped them to maneuver up from 14th to joint-fourth within the Western Convention standings.
With the win on Monday night time Houston improved to 33-23 for the season, the identical file of the Portland Path Blazers. Each groups are 4 video games behind the third-placed Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder and one sport forward of the sixth-placed Utah Jazz.
Subsequent up for the Rockets is a three-game street journey, which begins on Wednesday night time with a sport in Minneapolis towards the Timberwolves. Journeys to Los Angeles to face the Lakers and Oakland towards the Golden State Warriors observe, earlier than a house sport towards the Atlanta Hawks.