Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden is one of the top candidates for MVP this season. You could even argue Harden’s the front-runner. At any rate, Harden made an MVP statement on Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 51 points in a 115-111 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Harden was crazy efficient in getting his 51 points, shooting 16-of-25 overall and a scorching hot 8-of-9 from three. It wouldn’t be a big Harden performance without a bunch of free throws, and he went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe.
Here’s a shot chart:
21 shot attempts either around the bucket or from three and 13 free throw attempts is just about the definition of a Harden Special. The Beard has no use for that mid-range nonsense.
This was Harden’s second 50-point game in the last two weeks and the ninth time he has scored at least 40 points in a game this season, the most in the NBA.
While Harden’s 51 points were the story of the game, DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t too shabby himself, notching his second career triple-double with 24 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists. Quite impressive to say the least.