Minneapolis — Houston Rockets star James Harden put himself in rare companion on Wednesday night, scoring a minimum of 30 points in his 31st consecutive game. He’s currently tied with Wilt Chamberlain for its second-longest such series in NBA history.
The Rockets are 16-6 when Harden scores 40 or more. Their listing during Harden’s series is 2110.
Unlike his final match, when it required Harden well to accomplish the 30-point markers, his 30th point on Wednesday came in the next quarter on a 3-pointer from the top of the main. He had been fouled by Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie to the drama and got himself a visit to the freethrow line.
In early stages, it appeared to be Harden’s streak could be in big some trouble. He had been made to give the chunk regularly in the first quarter, thanks in part to the energetic defense of Okogie. Harden ended the first quarter.
An volatile 15-point next quarter placed Harden straight back to keep his streak alive. As he began to heat out of the field, fans began to boo Harden whenever he touched the ball. After Okogie sat, Luol Deng had been granted the mission of bending down Harden.
Before the match, Timberwolves trainer Ryan Saunders said a portion of the Wolves’ defensive strategy Harden will be restricting his trips. Saunders reported that even if his players maintain up their hands, there is only so much that they can do in order to limit Harden.
“typically, you know you are not likely to stop a guy like that — fully stop him,” Saunders explained. “You are not likely to hold him to zero issues. If you might It’d be great. Playing without fouling is a major thing.”
Throughout the first 3 quarters, Harden shot just four free throws, making four.
Harden, that was the player straight back to a floor warming up following the halftime break, scored on the Rockets’ two baskets that were opening .
Harden might need to maintain scoring in the speed for 3-4 more matches to capture the NBA’s 30-point match album.