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Houston Rockets

James Harden moves past Elgin Baylor for fourth-most 40-point games in NBA history

James Harden continues to make history.

In Houston's win over Phoenix on Saturday, Harden led the Rockets to victory with a game-high 47 points in only 34 minutes of action. He did so efficiently, going 15-for-27 from the field, 9-for-19 from the 3-point line and 8-for-9 from the free throw line.

Harden has now scored 40 or more points 89 times in his NBA career, moving him into fourth place all-time for the most 40-point games. The only players ahead of him are Kobe Bryant (122), Michael Jordan (173) and Wilt Chamberlain (271).

With his performance against the Suns, Harden moved past Elgin Baylor (88) in the standings. Allen Iverson (79), Oscar Robertson (77), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (70), Rick Barry (70) and George Gervin (68) round out the top-10.

Most 40-point games in NBA history (via Basketball-Reference)
Rank Player From To Count
1 Wilt Chamberlain 1960 1971 271
2 Michael Jordan 1985 2003 173
3 Kobe Bryant 2000 2016 122
4 James Harden 2012 2020 89
5 Elgin Baylor 1959 1970 88
6 Allen Iverson 1997 2008 79
7 Oscar Robertson 1961 1970 77
8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 1986 70
9 Rick Barry 1966 1978 70
10 George Gervin 1977 1986 68

Harden is now averaging 38.8 points per game on the season.

With the win, the Rockets improve to 20-9, moving them ahead of the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference standings.

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