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James Harden on impressive scoring streak as he heads to All-Star Game

The Houston Rockets’ James Harden has been putting up points in bunches for this NBA season. The NBA star recently tied a record of impressive scoring performances that only NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain has surpassed. In addition, he’s leading the league in scoring average by quite a bit and could be en route to another big award this season.

According to ESPN’s report, after Harden’s latest performance of 42 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it moved his stretch of scoring at least 30 points to 31 straight games. That said, it was also in a losing effort, which didn’t sit well with the reigning NBA MVP. After the loss Harden said, “We lost man,” emphasizing that the final result means more than his individual accolades.

Those accolades now have him tied with NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak of 30-points or more performances. Chamberlain accomplished it back in the 1962 season. He also holds the all-time record for most games of 30 points or more. “Wilt the Stilt” was able to do that in 65 straight games during his 1961-62 season. That means another 34 games of 30 points or more for Harden. Some question if Harden’s production is effecting his teammates and the overall team chemistry.

For the season, Harden is averaging 36.6 points, 7.7 assists, and 6.7 rebounds per game. His scoring leads the league by about eight points over the second-best player, Paul George. Many consider James Harden as the frontrunner to pick up a second-straight NBA MVP Award after this season is over. Still, there’s plenty of time left for other players to continue making their cases. Among them are Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

James Harden will be on somewhat of a break. It may give him room to regroup, reflect, and refresh his mind for the next part of the season. Harden will participate in Sunday’s 2019 NBA All-Star Game as a starting player for Team LeBron. His team, currently 33-24, returns to the court on February 21. That game has them visiting his All-Star teammate LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.