Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been on a ridiculous scoring run in January. The 29-year-old dropped another 37 points in the team’s January finale against New Orleans. While the Rockets lost the game, Harden put himself in elite company with that performance.
Throughout the month of January, Harden averaged an incredible 43.6 points per game. That’s the most any player has averaged in a single month since Wilt Chamberlain averaged 45.8 points per game in March of 1963.
James Harden finishes January averaging 43.6 PPG.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 30, 2019
Trying to compare the two players isn’t exactly productive. Chamberlain and Harden are different players who played in different eras, and the game has changed drastically since 1963. Even if you wanted to compare some stats — like shooting percentage or shots attempted — you can’t. Those numbers weren’t tracked in 1963.
Perhaps surprisingly, those performances didn’t result in dominant winning percentages. Chamberlain’s San Francisco Warriors went just 5-6 while he went off in March. Harden’s Rockets were better, but not otherworldly, going 8-6 in January.
Harden’s monthly stats may reset, but he still has some impressive streaks going. By putting up 37 points Tuesday, Harden has now scored at least 30 points in 24 straight games.
He’ll look to keep that streak alive when the Rockets take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
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