HOUSTON — Two remarkable streaks were extended on Saturday, with James Harden scoring at least 30 points in his 29th consecutive game and Russell Westbrook recording a tripledouble within his ninth game.
Harden ended with 42 about shooting and had 25 points in the first half. This had been his 21st game this season; no player has greater than the usual seven. Harden is two 30-point games away from tying Wilt Chamberlain for its second-longest 30-point streak in NBA history. He also is 36 games away from tying Chamberlain for its longest streak.
Harden watched a wide range of Thunder defenders, together with fellow MVP candidate Paul George (45 points on 12-of-22 shooting) carrying the majority of the strain.
“This was a pretty good match up against Harden,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni stated. “It was pretty fun, till they beat us.”
Westbrook finished with that the bucket, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, as well as 21 points and game-winning stop. With 30 seconds left, he knifed through a double team and ended an uncontested lay up to put the Thunder up one.
“Truly, I had been seeing it all game,” Westbrook said,”so only waiting on the right time to make use of it.”
Westbrook has 2-2 tripledoubles in 2013 — and for a third effort, he is averaging a tripledouble. He became the first player to ordinary per tripledouble and second ever to do it.
“It’s not surprising that no more,” Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson said of Westbrook. “I find him get it done all the time, and the type of player he is, it’s so easy for him. He gets everybody involved, he is a great pioneer, so to see nine straight triple-doubles — what, is that such as a record or something?”
On Thursday, Westbrook passed Michael Jordan along with also his or her own previous mark with eight consecutive triple-doubles, the longest series since Chamberlain had nine straight in 1968. He tied Chamberlain’s regular . Westbrook can stand alone with the longest tripledouble streak in NBA history on Monday at home against the Portland trailblazers .