James Harden Scores Career-High 50 with Rockets Legends In the House
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Hakeem Olajuwon and the rest of the 90’s Clutch City champions (with the exception of Kenny Smith) were in attendance on Thursday night to watch James Harden score a career-high and the first 50 point game for the franchise since The Dream did it back in January of 1996.
“That’s a special group right there,” Harden said. “We’re trying to build something special like they did, (and) to play a game in front of them was definitely an honor.”
This was Harden’s 7th 40+ game of the season and just the 4th time in franchise history a Rocket has gone for 50 & 10 – the other 3 are Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes and Hakeem of course.
Two things that surprised me the most about these stats is that James has never scored 50 before and Tracy McGrady never scored 50 for the Rockets. But T-Mac was pretty close a few times with a 48 and a 47 point game back in 2007 and a pair of 45 point games. Harden’s previous career high was 46 and he reached 45 three times. Kevin Martin is the only other Rocket to score 45 in the past decade.