All good things have to come to an end.
In a win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, James Harden scored less than 30 points for the first time since the second week in December, bringing an end to his historic streak.
From how long the streak lasted to how big of a load he carried for the Houston Rockets, here are five key stats from Harden's incredible run...
32 games: How long Harden's streak lasted
Let's start with the basics.
Before Monday night's win over the Hawks, the last time Harden scored less than 30 points was on Dec. 11. Harden put up at least 30 points in the 32 games between, the second-longest such streak in NBA history.
The only player to have more consecutive 30-point games? The great Wilt Chamberlain (65 games), who did it way back in 1961-62.
The Rockets won 21 of the 32 games during Harden's streak, which helped them go from 14th in the Western Conference to fifth. With how well both he and the team have been playing, Harden is widely considered to be one of the front-runners in the MVP discussion.
41.1: How many points Harden averaged per game
It'll be remembered as the 30-point streak, but Harden scored 40 or more points in more than half of his game, including four games in which he scored 50-plus points.
Harden got the streak started with a 50-point triple-double against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. He then had back-to-back 50-point games against the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets in the middle of January, followed by a career-high 61 points against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden a week later.
Harden made some more history in that win over the Knicks in becoming the first player since Shaquille O'Neal to record 60 points and 15 rebounds in a single game.
Harden now has 22 40-point games on the season. That's 15 more than Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and Paul George, who are tied in second place with seven 40-point games each.
In addition to being the only player with multiple 50-point games this season, Harden passed LeBron for the most career 50-point games by an active player as well with his 58-point outing against the Nets.
15.3: How many 3-pointers Harden attempted per game
They were mostly difficult 3-pointers, too.
According to NBA.com, more than half of Harden's made 3-pointers over the last three months have been step backs. Almost all of them were unassisted and he converted them at a 40.6 percent clip.
Those step back 3-pointers have quickly become Harden's go-to shot. He's mastered how to use his size and strength to create space between him and his defender, and he's comfortable shooting over almost any defender in the league.
Harden was on track to challenge Stephen Curry's single season record for 3-pointers made, but going 0-for-10 from distance against the Hawks gives him a lot of ground to make up at this point of the season.
Even so, Harden will almost certainly surpass Curry for second place on the all-time leaderboard.
7.4: How many assists Harden averaged per game
Harden isn't just a scorer. He's also one of the league's best passers.
Harden dished out double digit assists in nine games, starting with 11 assists against the Lakers. It marked the fifth time in his career that he's scored at least 50 points and dished out 10 assists in a game, the most in NBA history.
Later in his streak, Harden made history again by scoring 43 points, handing out 12 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds in only 29 minutes of action against the Cleveland Cavaliers, making him the first player ever to have a 40-point triple-double in less than 30 minutes played.
To go along with 44 points, 10 rebounds and the game-winning 3-pointer, Harden even had 15 assists in Houston's one-point win over Golden State on Jan. 3.
Harden's ability to score and pass at a high level is what makes him one of the greatest offensive players we've ever seen.
41.0 percent: Harden's usage rate
Harden led the league in usage rate by a massive margin. Joel Embiid had the second-highest usage rate in games played between Dec. 13 and Feb. 25, but it was 7.6 percentage points lower than Harden's.
The Rockets needed Harden to take on a bigger load, as the likes of Chris Paul (18 games), Clint Capela (15 games) and Eric Gordon (11 games) each missed significant time. With the amount of injuries they've dealt with, it's remarkable that Harden had Houston scoring at an elite rate of 116.0 points per 100 possessions with him on the court.
"That streak was great, but I was just doing it because that's what we had to do in order to keep our heads above water," Harden told ESPN on Monday. "Now, we get our full roster back."
Harden's usage rate is now at 39.1 percent for the season, putting him within striking distance of breaking Russell Westbrook's record (40.0 percent) set in 2016-17.
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