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Houston Rockets

James Harden becomes 45th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points

With a stepback 3-pointer in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets superstar James Harden became the 45th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points.

Harden entered the game with 19,990 career points.

According to Sportsnet, only six players scored their 20,000th point at a younger age than Harden. Those players? LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.

Additionally, Harden reached 20,000 points in the 17th-fewest games.

Here's how Harden got to that figure:

The only active players with more career points than Harden are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Vince Carter.

Harden entered Sunday's game averaging 37.9 points, 7.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game on the season. He had 22 points in the first half alone.

At 26-12, the Rockets have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference.

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