Harden Scores 58 Points to Lead Rockets Past Heat

James Harden in 2016. Photo by Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock (5613421g)

Another game, another historic performance. It’s becoming a constant theme in James Harden’s 2018-19 season, one of the best in NBA history.

The Rockets’ superstar shooting guard scored 58 points and recorded 10 assists in Houston’s 121-118 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

Harden has now scored 50 points in 5 games this season. No other player in the NBA this year has managed to do so more than once.

The Heat didn’t have an answer for the All-NBA guard, who drove through the lane to score acrobatic layups and drawing fouls to send him to the free throw line with dizzying frequency.

All of this is even more impressive considering the fact that Harden had missed Houston’s last game with a back strain.

Despite trailing going into the fourth quarter, Houston’s defense stepped up and clamped down on Miami’s offense. This, combined with Harden’s 17 point fourth quarter, was just too much for the Heat to handle.

The win continues a hot steak for Houston, which has now won 4 consecutive games. They are now 37-25 and continue to climb in the NBA’s Western Conference.

But it’s hard to imagine where this team would be without their bearded wizard.