James Harden simply cannot stop scoring, and he was at it again in Houston’s 118-110 win in Phoenix on Monday night.
For the 27th consecutive game, Harden scored at least 30 points, the third-longest streak in the history of the NBA.
On Monday, Harden easily broke that total, scoring 44 points in the Rockets’ win over the Phoenix Suns. This ended up being the 2018 NBA MVP’s twentieth game of the season eclipsing the 40 point mark.
The Suns, who currently have the Western Conference’s worst record, were easy prey for Harden, who appears to be at the peak of his powers. They were helpless to watch as the bearded wonder went 15-26 from the field, including 5 three pointers.
Chris Paul, James Ennis III, and Kenneth Faried, who provided a double-double with a total of 17 points and 14 rebounds, also reached double digits for Houston in Monday’s game.
Harden returned to the city where he played college basketball at Arizona State University, and it’s obvious to see that he felt at home playing at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
While Monday’s win moved Houston into 5th place in the Western Conference with a 31-22 record, Phoenix’s loss was their tenth consecutive defeat in what is becoming an eternally long season for the young squad.
Harden will look to extend his streak on Wednesday night in Sacramento against the Kings.