James Harden is on fire. The Rockets star guard has been on one of the most elite offensive streak of games in NBA history as he has brought the Rockets out from the Western Conference cellar and placed them back in playoff race.
One stat in particular defines just how insane Harden has been as of late, as well as how he is doing incredible things with very limited support from his teammates. His latest achievements have seen Harden score 57 or more points in each of his last two games, but he hasn't had a single shot come off an assist from a teammate.
James Harden has scored 57 or more points in 2 consecutive games.— Mike Zavagno (@MZavagno11) January 17, 2019
ZERO of his made shots in those two games were assisted.
Not a single one
Forget Iso Joe. James Harden is literally winning the Rockets' games on his own. He's averaging an incredible 35.4 points per game this season, the highest tally since Kobe Bryant's 2005-06 season.
In December, Harden averaged an impeccable 36.4 points, 7.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game while burying 5.2 threes per game. Somehow he managed to improve on that during the first eight games in the month of January. Harden has averaged 44.0 points, 9.3 assists and 8.6 rebounds as he is a one-man wrecking crew in Houston.
BACK-TO-BACK 50-POINT GAMES — ESPN (@espn) January 17, 2019
James Harden is on another level right now. pic.twitter.com/EeN97RXDY2
Harden seems to be on the verge of locking up his second consecutive MVP award and rightfully so as The Beard has had to take on an otherworldly workload in order to keep the Rockets competitive this season.
With Chris Paul dealing with a hamstring injury (yet again), Harden finds himself in complete control of the offense and making opponents pay with his lethal step-back jumpers and drives to the basket. He attempted a total of 41 free throws in his last two games and leads the league with 475 attempted free throws, good for an average of 11.6 free throw attempts per game.