James Harden did it again.
Fresh off of scoring 55 points in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Harden led the Houston Rockets to another victory on Friday, this time against the Orlando Magic with 54 points. The seven-time All-Star did so with incredible efficiency, shooting 19-for-31 from the field, 10-for-15 from the 3-point line and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Having made 10 3-pointers in Houston's win over Cleveland as well, Harden is only the second player in NBA history to hit at least 10 3-pointers in consecutive games. He also moved up on the NBA's all-time 3-pointers made list, surpassing Paul Pierce for eighth place.
James Harden is the 2nd player in NBA history with at least 10 3-pointers in consecutive games, joining Steph Curry in 2016. pic.twitter.com/8GYsqIOivV- NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 14, 2019
According to Basketball Reference, Harden is now tied with Elgin Baylor for the fourth-most 40-point games in NBA history with 88. The only players ahead of them are Kobe Bryant (122), Michael Jordan (173) and Wilt Chamberlain (271).
Harden also has the fourth-most 50-point games in NBA history with 23, trailing only Bryant (25), Jordan (31) and Chamberlain (118) once again.
Furthermore, Harden has as many 50-point games this season (5) than the rest of the league combined.
The Rockets also got a boost out of Russell Westbrook and Ben McLemore in the win. Westbrook went for 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while McLemore scored 18 points off the bench on 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point range.
Led by Harden and McLemore's hot shooting, the Rockets made 22 of their 39 3-point attempts.
With the win, the Rockets are now 17-8 on the season, putting them only half a game behind the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference standings.
The Rockets are back in action on Saturday, when they host the Detroit Pistons.
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