James Harden has been wowing crowds for years. His ability to create his own shot with his quick footwork, jab steps, and step-back jump shots have made him one of the best scorers of his generation. But he’s topped even himself.
Harden expressed his emotions at having such a great game at MSG, saying that he was proud to have his career best in such a historic arena, in front of some of the best basketball fans in the world.
And he did it in dramatic fashion. With 3.8 seconds left in the game, he scored the basket to tie Kobe’s record.
Wednesday’s game marks the fifth time this season that Harden has scored over 50 points in a game. He made scoring history earlier this season, passing Wilt Chamberlain in consecutive games of 30 points with 21.
The records just keep coming this season for Harden. After Wednesday’s game, he became the first player to attempt 20 free throws and 20 three pointers in one game. That being said, he was only 5-20 from three so perhaps he shot too many. But he was 22-25 from the free throw line. Harden’s ability to draw fouls is big factor is his racking up huge scoring totals.
Because of his many ways to put the ball in the hoop, Harden is now one of only five players to have multiple 60-point games. He continues to impress us and isn’t nearly done yet.