James Harden continued his bizarre scoring run this season even as the Houston Rockets suffered a 121-116 loss to New Orleans Pelicans. The 29-year-old shot another 37 points in their last game of the month at Toyota Center.
Harden sealed his 28th 35-point game of the season. The only other player in NBA history with more 35-point games before the All-Star break is the legend Wilt Chamberlain.
It was his 24th straight game with at least 30 plus points. He also added 11 rebounds and six assists for his team before they gave the game away to the visitors.
Harden averaged an incredible 43.6 points per game in January. The most any player has averaged in a single month is Chamberlain, who has an average of 45.8 points per game in March of 1963.
Despite Harden’s feat, Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds propelling the Pelicans, who were overshadowed by Anthony Davis’ trade demand, to the victory.
Jrue Holiday posted 19 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, while Ian Clark netted 15 points in Pelican’s come back from 15 points down to beat the hosts.
Pelicans host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, while the Rockets will travel to Denver on Friday night for their February campaign.