Houston Rockets guard James Harden saw his consecutive 30+ point games come to an end at 32 outings on Monday. He finished the game with 28 in his team’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 119-111.
Harden seemed almost relieved that the streak had come to an end. “It was cool, I knew I wasn’t going to get number 1.”
Harden’s 32 game run marked the second longest streak of the sort in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 65 game streak in the 1961-1962 season. The reigning MVP was not disappointed by the streak coming to an end after the Rockets won their second straight victory to move to 35-25.
Monday’s game marked the fourth time Harden has ever gone 0-10 or worse from 3 point range. That’s the most in the NBA history and twice as many games as any other player (Stephen Curry twice and Antoine Walker twice).
With all attention focused on Harden’s 30-point game streak, Atlanta rookie Trae Young racked up 36 points, shooting 8 of 12 from 3 point range to become the first rookie to outscore the Rockets guard since Karl-Anthony Towns on March 18, 2016. Harden has faced off against rookies on 157 occasions since. Young was only the seventh rookie to outscore James Harden in a game since he joined the Rockets in 2012.