The Houston Rockets are rolling behind the reigning NBA MVP James Harden. On Saturday night, the Rockets’ All-Star guard went for 41 points to help his team defeat the New Orleans Pelicans. He also put himself into a tie for an NBA record with one of the all-time greats in the game.
According to ESPN’s report, Harden’s latest game included 41 points and six assists in the 108-104 road victory. He tied NBA great Oscar Robertson with at least 35 points and five assists in his seventh straight game this season. That’s certainly some exclusive company. He’s now scored at least 40 points or more in his past three games and has done so nearly 10 times this season.
If that wasn’t enough, Harden filled up the rest of the stat sheet. He also had nine rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Helping out in the latest Rockets’ win was teammate Eric Gordon with 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Gordon also had two rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
New Orleans had several players record double-doubles in what was a close game. Julius Randle led all Pelicans players with 23 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Anthony Davis had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals. The backcourt of Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore scored 20 and 21 points, respectively. Holiday also dished out nine assists.
Houston roared out to a 30-20 lead in the first quarter, but it was a closer 53-50 lead at the half. New Orleans tried their best to make a comeback, as they outscored Houston 26-24 in the third quarter. They made it a three-point game with 12.6 seconds to go. However, P.J. Tucker hit two clutch free throws to ultimately seal the win for the visitors.
The win has Houston at 20-15 overall with an 8-10 road record. However, they are right within striking distance for the top four teams in the Western Conference. According to foxsports.com, just above them are the LA Clippers at 21-15 and the Oklahoma City Thunder at 22-12.
Even the Warriors (24-13) and Denver Nuggets (23-11) are close in record. Harden and company are back in action on New Year’s Eve. They’ll host the Memphis Grizzlies beginning at 6 p.m. local time (7 p.m. Eastern Time).
The New Orleans Pelicans fall to 16-21 overall and are fifth in the Southwest Division. The team will need to start putting together wins as they are on the outside of playoff contentender teams in the West after 37 games. Next up, they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7 p.m. local (8 p.m. Eastern Time) on Monday night.