James Harden’s consecutive unassisted points scored streak reaches 261
James Harden poured in a career-high 61 points to continue a near-historic scoring tear in the Houston Rockets’ 114-110 victory over the New York Knicks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
While doing so, the Rockets superstar also kept another remarkable, if not baffling, streak alive as well.
According to The Athletic’s Alykhan Bijani, Harden’s 61 points were all unassisted, meaning his ongoing run of points scored without any help from his teammates has reached an astounding 261.
James Harden, including tonight’s 61 points vs. the Knicks, has scored 261 POINTS in his last 5 games. All of these points were UNASSISTED. He also racked up 21 assists total in this stretch. Absolutely remarkable. #Rockets— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) January 24, 2019
With his 61-point outburst Wednesday night, Harden’s uncanny scoring streak in which he’s scored at least 30 points has reached 21 consecutive games, with three of those scoring outbursts exceeding 50 points.
61.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 24, 2019
21 straight of 30+
3 50+ in one month
A win in the Garden
James. Harden. MVP. pic.twitter.com/6hnjnFqktY
Only Wilt Chamberlain has enjoyed such a remarkable run of consistency, having notched such 30-plus-point games streaks twice in his career (31- and 65-game streaks).
Interestingly, Harden seemed to have a premonition about the outstanding performance ahead at MSG when asked about the upcoming game against the Knicks during Tuesday’s practice.
At #Rockets practice yesterday, a reporter asked James Harden if he's had his own (Madison Square) Garden moment yet? Harden responded "still looking for it" with a smile on his face. https://t.co/Qdln7TIKFC— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) January 24, 2019
Mission accomplished, to say the least.
Harden recently stated that he hopes one day that his name will be mentioned among the NBA’s all-time greats like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and the aforementioned Chamberlain.
That said, Harden arguably is already the greatest offensive player of his era, so the case can be made the high-scoring superstar can cross that particular goal off his bucket list.