In the Houston Rockets' game vs. the San Antonio Spurs on March 22nd, 2019, James Harden was on fire.
This season for @JHarden13...- NBA (@NBA) March 23, 2019
🚀 4th player to record at least 8 games of 50+ PTS
🚀 2nd player to record at least 6 games of 55+ PTS
🚀 4th player to record multiple games of 60+ PTS
... making @NBAHistory. #Rockets pic.twitter.com/oqBZz7S4go
Leading his team to a comeback victory, he tied a career-high of 61 points, 27 of which came in the first quarter, on 19-of-34 shooting from the field.
He made 9 three-pointers on 69.2% efficiency while also recording 7 rebounds and 3 steals in just 37 minutes of action.
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The Beard put on this spectacular display in Houston, just a couple of nights after he dropped 57 against the Memphis Grizzlies in a loss.
Given the points tally the reigning MVP has put up in the last couple of games, the records were bound to tumble.
Here's one all-time scorers group Harden joined:
Tying his career-high & @HoustonRockets franchise record 61 PTS... @JHarden13 joins Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as the only four players in @NBAHistory to record multiple 60-point games in a single season. #SAPStatLineOfTheNight pic.twitter.com/22nAwIZXFV- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 23, 2019
This wasn't Harden's second 60-point game of his career.
In fact, it was his third tying him with Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor for the fourth-most all-time in NBA history. Thus, joining the exclusive club of players to have scored 60 or more in three or more occasions.
Here's a list of all the players in NBA history to have multiple 60-point games:
|Player||Years played||No. of 60-point games||Career-high|
|Michael Jordan||1984-93; 1995-98; 2001-03||4||69|
Note: These stats are for 60-point games recorded in regular season history. Jordan (63) and Baylor (61) are the only players in NBA Playoffs history to drop 60-plus in the postseason.