James Harden has been showing the game that NBA has not seen since Oscar Robertson.
Harden scored 41 points and six assists on Friday night game for the Rockets and became the first layer since the Hall o Fame guard to have scored 35 or more points with five assists in 7 straight games.
With his lead, Houston Rockets win over the New Orleans Pelicans by 108-104 on Friday night.
When Harden was asked as to how he feels being compared to the Big O, he said, “that is what I play for. This is why you play the game of basketball for; to be mentioned alongside the name of the other greats. Obviously, it’s a long way to reach there but that is why I have put on this jersey and that is why I lace up my shoes for. I go out there and be the best I can be and when it’s all said and done, to be mentioned as one of the best basketball players to have touched the basketball”.
Harden scored 26 of his total points in the first half and reached the 40 points mark in his third straight game. He made 7 3-pointer shots and was able to complete all of his 14 free throws.
Anthony Davis of the Pelicans looked sluggish after the night of scoring his season high 48 points in the team’s win against the Dallas Mavericks, as he only finished the night with 22 points. Julius Randall of the Pelicans finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Pelicans coach, Alvin Gentry talking about the game said, “I think we did a really great job defensively speaking. Harden got 41 points but we are not bothered by it because we knew that it was a possibility. To finish it off, I would say we did well on everything but we just were not able to make few plays that resulted in our defeat”.
Up next, Houston Rockets will host a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night while New Orleans Pelicans close their three-game homestand with a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.