Harden ties 2nd-longest 30-point streak since NBA-ABA merger
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It came in a losing effort, but Houston Rockets guard James Harden's incredible scoring streak continued Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.

The reigning Most Valuable Player dropped 42 points in a 116-109 defeat to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Wednesday marked the 14th game in a row in which Harden scored 30 or more points, tying Tracy McGrady for the second-longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77.

Longest streaks of 30-plus points

Player First Last Games
Kobe Bryant 1/29/03 02/28/03 16
Tracy McGrady 03/05/03 04/01/03 14
James Harden 12/13/18 01/09/19 14
Moses Malone 01/26/82 02/23/82 13
Kevin Durant 01/07/14 01/29/14 12
Michael Jordan 02/13/87 03/04/87 11
World B. Free 01/02/80 01/23/80 11
Shaquille O'Neal 03/28/01 04/17/01 11

(Courtesy: Basketball-Reference)

Harden needed 30 shots to reach 42 points to go along with 11 rebounds, six assists, a pair of steals, one rejection, and a whopping nine turnovers.

He also converted 6-of-16 from 3-point range, improving his league-record streak of games with five or more makes from behind the arc to 11.

Harden's last 14 games

Date Opponent Points 3-pointers
12/13/18 Lakers 50 4
12/15/18 Grizzlies 32 3
12/17/18 Jazz 47 4
12/19/18 Wizards 35 6
12/20/18 Heat 35 6
12/22/18 Spurs 39 7
12/25/18 Thunder 41 5
12/27/18 Celtics 45 9
12/29/18 Pelicans 41 7
12/31/18 Grizzlies 43 6
01/03/19 Warriors 44 10
01/05/19 Trail Blazers 38 5
01/07/19 Nuggets 32 6
01/09/19 Bucks 42 6
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