Houston Rockets MVP James Harden scored a season-high 57 points in the Houston Rockets’ 112-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, his 17th straight game with over 30 points.

It is the longest streak of a player scoring over 30 points in consecutive games since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964. Chamberlain had 30-point streaks of 20, 25, 31, and 65 games in his career. 

With news of Clint Capela’s thumb injury keeping him out 4-6 weeks, Harden started alongside P.J. Tucker, Nene, Daniel House Jr., and Austin Rivers. 

Harden had 36 out of the Rockets 54 points in the first half.

“I know that we had to win the game. I know we let one slip away last night and it was another opportunity for us to win tonight. I don’t know if it was an emotional lift, but I know it’s crunch time in the sense that we’ve got three starters out and guys have got to pick up the slack. There’s no excuse,” said Harden. 

Harden is playing all world, and he’ll definitely go down as one of the best scorers in NBA history. 

What he really needs is a ring to cement his place along side the all time greats. 

Until then, he won’t be able to ever even sniff GOAT status. 

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