James Harden Continues Historic Scoring Run With Career-High 61 at MSG

Harden nearly matched Carmelo Anthony's all-time Garden mark of 62 points.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates the 114-110 over the New York Knicks at the end of the game at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates the 114-110 over the New York Knicks at the end of the game at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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James Harden isn’t just hot right now – he’s on fire.

The Houston sharpshooter set a new career high on Wednesday night by dropping 61 points at Madison Square Garden, one point short of the all-time MSG high of 62 which was set by Carmelo Anthony.

In addition to the 61 points, Harden finished with 15 rebounds and four assists. In Houston’s 114-100 win, the MVP favorite hit 17-of-38 field goals, including 5-of-20 3-pointers while shooting 22-of-25 from the line.

“These are some of the best fans in the world,” Harden said after the game. “Every time you come to the Garden, you’ve got to put on a show. They expect it. And that’s what I gave them.”

Despite Harden’s hot streak – which puts him in elite company – he’s still got a ways to go if he wants to catch one of the all-time greats.

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