James Harden shrugged off a shoulder problem to affix Wilt Chamberlain as the one NBA participant to attain at the 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 dwelling courtroom 120-104 on Monday night time.
While the reigning common season MVP saved 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 recreation.
It regarded as if Harden’s outstanding feat was coming to an finish, till he scored 11 factors within the final 1:40 of the sport. It was the fourth time Harden has scored at the least 10 factors within the remaining three minutes of regulation, greater than some other participant within the league.
“I didn’t think there was […] a way,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni instructed the Associated Press when requested if he thought Harden’s streak was coming to an finish late within the fourth quarter. “But he was amazing.”
The seven-time All-Star struggled on Monday night time, ending 9-of-23 from the sphere, together with a 6-of-17 from past the arc. Harden attributed his struggles to a shoulder pressure 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’m just happy we won the game.”
The 29-year-old is now one recreation away from equalling Chamberlain’s document of 31 consecutive video games with at the 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 Conference standings.
With the win on Monday night time Houston improved to 33-23 for the season, the identical document of the Portland Trail Blazers. Both groups are 4 video games behind the third-placed Oklahoma City Thunder and one recreation forward of the sixth-placed Utah Jazz.
Next up for the Rockets is a three-game highway journey, which begins on Wednesday night time with a recreation in Minneapolis in opposition to the Timberwolves. Trips to Los Angeles to face the Lakers and Oakland in opposition to the Golden State Warriors observe, earlier than a house recreation in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks.
James Harden, #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball in the course of the first half of the NBA recreation in opposition to the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February four in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images