Elgin Baylor is the only other player in NBA history to have scored 30 or more points in 17 straight games. Harden broke Kobe Bryant's record for the most consecutive 30-point games since the NBA/ABA merger. The last player to score 30 or more points in 18 consecutive games was Michael Jordan in 1995-96.
He finished with 33 points, becoming the first Houston Rocket to score at least 30 points in a game this season. James Harden also had nine assists and three rebounds.
Harden has now joined Elgin Baylor as the only players in NBA history to have scored 30 or more points in 17 consecutive games. The last player to do so was Michael Jordan who had such a streak from April 29, 1995 to May 19, 1995.
Baylor got his career total of 1,980 points during the 1953-54 NBA season. He is considered by many to be one of the best power forwards of all time. The former University of Texas star won two NCAA titles with UCLA in 1959 and '60 and an Olympic gold medal in 1952. He was also named the MVP of the tournament when Houston defeated Seattle in the finals.
Baylor was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors but never played for them due to injury.
Curry's most recent games With a three-pointer Curry leads the record with 157 straight games with at least one 3-pointer made, a stretch that lasted three seasons, from November 13, 2014, to November 3, 2016. At 127 games, Kyle Korver is the only other player to achieve 100 straight games with a 3-pointer. He did so from April 16, 2011, to January 26, 2017.
Curry and Korver both made their third 3-pointer of the game with 7:49 left in the first quarter. The last time two players made at least three 3s in a game was October 25, 2015, when James Harden and Chris Paul each had three shots off the dribble during a single quarter for the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively.
The last time two players made at least three 3-pointers in a game while shooting at least 50 percent from the field was December 2, 2013, when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both went 3-for-3 from behind the arc for the Golden State Warriors. On that day, Curry and Thompson joined an elite group of players who have made at least three 3-pointers in 10 consecutive games. The list includes Michael Jordan, Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, and Jason Kidd.
Curry has made at least three 3-pointers in all but one game this season (December 22 vs. New York), finishing with at least three treys in 17 of 18 games.
A player with at least 60 points has scored in 76 NBA games. In their careers, nine NBA players have had at least one 60-point game. This features Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry, and Jayson Tatum, three players who have accomplished the feat during the current 2020–21 NBA season.
Beal is the most recent player to do so, scoring 60 points against the New York Knicks on January 26, 2021. It was also his first career game with 50 or more rebounds. The previous eight players to score 60 points are: Michael Jordan, David Thompson, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Ralph Sampson, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal. Of these players, only Jordan and Bryant remain active in the league.
The highest scoring game in NBA history occurred on February 4, 1962, when Gus Johnson of the Syracuse Nationals scored 70 points against the Rochester Royals. At the time, this was a record that stood for 16 years before it was broken by Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game.
Chamberlain also holds the record for highest percentage of field goals made among players who have scored 60 points, as he made 69.3% of his shots during his 100-point game. James Harden is second on this list with 63.6%.
It took Jordan nearly six years to score 60 points again.
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Chamberlain owns the single-game scoring record with 100 points in a 1962 contest. Jordan (63) and Baylor (61) are the only players to score at least 60 points in a postseason game, both doing it once. The overall playoff mark is 33 games, last reached by Kobe Bryant in 2013.
Kobe Bryant has the all-time regular season scoring record with 2432 points. He needs 26 to break Jerry West's record of 10,918 set in the 1968-69 season. If Bryant gets there, he'll also have the record for most consecutive seasons with at least one 30-point game (seven). LeBron James is next on the list with 2120 points, and if he keeps up his current rate, he'll pass Bryant before the end of this season. Kevin Durant is third on the list with 2094 points, and Damian Lillard is fourth with 2090 points.
Durant has scored 50 or more points in a game six times, which is most among active players. Bryant has done it five times, while Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Chris Paul have each done it four times.
Baylor has the all-time playoff scoring record with 603 points. He needs nine to beat Chamberlain's record. Karl Malone is second on the list with 571 points, and Michael Jordan is third with 568 points.