Harden, who had solely 11 factors on the half, hit a 3-pointer with 52.9 seconds left and the Rockets main by 14. He completed with 31 factors on 9-for-23 taking pictures in 36 minutes.
Harden mentioned his shoulder was bothersome however that he was trying ahead to resting it throughout this week’s All-Star break.
“It is kinda been the identical approach,” Harden mentioned. “It is gonna be like that. Now we have yet another sport earlier than the break. … So, hopefully I will relaxation it and get rehab, therapy, and get it stronger.”
It was the fourth time Harden has scored 10 factors within the final three minutes of regulation, probably the most within the NBA this season. Every has occurred since Jan. 19. The final time Harden did not rating a minimum of 30 was Dec. 11 vs. the Path Blazers, when he had 29.
“I could not get the carry I often get for my shot,” Harden mentioned. “Simply joyful we gained the sport.”
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni mentioned he thought the streak was over.
“To be trustworthy with you, two minutes to go within the half, he is received 20 factors,” D’Antoni mentioned. “I’m going, ‘Begin one other one.’ I did not suppose — there isn’t any approach. However he is superb. I believe the shoulder was bothering him. He didn’t have an awesome sport.”
Harden is now one 30-point sport away from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest 30-point streak in NBA historical past. He is also 36 video games away from tying Chamberlain for the longest such streak.