The reigning NBA MVP James Harden has on an unbelievable stretch of games. In a 121-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Rockets star tied with Wilt Chamberlain.
Harden joined the elite list with Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to have at least 20 games with 30 points or more.
“Wilt was doing some obviously unbelievable things and numbers that nobody will ever catch,” said Harden, who finished with 37 points despite sitting the entire fourth quarter as the Rockets were run out of Wells Fargo Center. “Just to be in the same conversation as those guys is just credit to the work I put in. That’s what you play this game for, to be listed with those guys, those top players.
“Obviously, I got a long way to go, but this is a pretty cool beginning.”
The last time the reigning MVP failed to score 30 points was on December 11, when he finished with 29 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Harden averages 42.3 points over the last 20 games. According to NewsWeek, only three players have averaged at least 40 points over as many games. Bryant and Elgin Baylor did so over 23 and 33 games, respectively, while Chamberlain averaged 40 or more points over a mind-boggling 515 games.