When James Harden is the best, the Rockets usually win the game.
Per Basketball ReferenceGame Score Metrics, Houston 10-0 in Harden’s 10 best matches for the 2019-20 season to date. For comparison, in Russell WestbrookThe top 10 matches with the same metrics, the Rockets are only 5-5. While the two All-Star guards are important, it is “The Beard” whose performance seems to have the closest correlation with victory.
The current Harden season is the third time in more than 30 years that an NBA player has averaged at least 34 points per game. (The other two were 36.1 Harden last season and 35.4 Kobe Bryant in 2006.) Now 30 years old, he’s on the verge of a third straight appraisal title.
Assuming Harden maintains an average score above 34 after eight regular season matches Restart to comeHe will become the third player in league history to average at least 34 points in two different seasons, joining Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.
During his eight seasons to date in Houston, Harden has been awarded an All-Star award in all of those matches while leading the Rockets to the playoffs. The future Hall of Famer is the 2017-18 NBA MVP and MVP runner-up three times, and he seems ready for another MVP finish three big this season.
The only flaw on NBA Harden’s resume is the lack of championship, and that’s what he and the Rockets (40-24) are looking for this summer in the NBA “bubble” in Florida. Before the journey begins, let’s look back at the best statistical performance of the 2019-20 season so far.
10: Rockets 139, Suns 125 (21 December 2019)
Harden held a performance on his campus in Phoenix, scoring 47 points (55.6% FG) …
Harden held a performance on his campus in Phoenix, scoring 47 points (55.6% FG) while collecting 7 assists and 6 rebounds. He made 9 of 19 shots from a distance of 3 points.
Harden led the Rockets away to victory with the highest score on the team’s 55 points and 8 assists. He…
Harden led the Rockets away to victory with the highest score on the team’s 55 points and 8 assists. He made 20-of-34 shots (58.8%) from the field, including 10-of-18 (55.6%) with 3-point shots, when Houston bounced back from the final deficit.
Harden followed up on 55 points in Cleveland in the previous match with 54 in Orlando, giving …
Harden followed up his 55 points in Cleveland in the previous match with 54 in Orlando, giving him an amazing 109 points in a span of two matches. Against the host Magic, Harden fired 61.3% from the field and 66.7% with 3-pointers, and he finished with 10 making treys for the second game in a row.
Harden has the highest 60 points of the season in the best shooting of 66.7% of the season, all in just three quarters! …
Harden has the highest 60 points of the season in the best shooting of 66.7% of the season, all in just three quarters! Led by “The Beard,” the Rockets won their biggest margin of victory this season over Trae Young and visited Atlanta.