Gordon Leaves Loss To Nets With Knee Soreness

Gordon Leaves Loss To Nets With Knee Soreness

It's the second time in his career he's scored at least 50 points in back-to-back games after he did it on December 20 and December 22, 2017.

Not to be lost among the 50-point milestones is the fact that Harden has scored at least 30 points in 18 consecutive games.

Harden came out of halftime scorching, dropping 22 points in a third quarter that saw the Rockets turn an eight-point deficit into a nine-point lead to start the fourth quarter.

Through three quarters on Wednesday, that downturn appeared to be continuing, as Dinwiddie had scored just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with four assists and two turnovers.

Despite all the incredible numbers, there's one stat from Wednesday night that Harden would probably like to forget: The Rockets lost, despite leading by six points in the final 30 seconds of regulation. After Houston turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation, Dinwiddie made another nice feed, this time to Jarrett Allen strolling down the lane. But the Nets grabbed a rebound and Dinwiddie, who had seven points in OT, made a three-point play to put Brooklyn up 143-142.

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P.J. Tucker made two free throws after that, and Dinwiddie made a 3 for Brooklyn with 26.2 seconds remaining to cut it to 128-125.

Harden's performance saw him record his second consecutive 50-point game despite the Nets trying to utilise a zone defence and double-teaming. It was one of a new National Basketball Association record 70 3-point attempts on the night from the Rockets, who hit 23 of them. With a full-court run to the rim and a barrage of late-game 3-pointers, Spencer Dinwiddie marked the end of that downturn. Harden made one of two free throws, and Dinwiddie struck again with another 3 about five seconds later to get Brooklyn within one. Harden barreled into the paint to snag the offensive rebound and earn his own trip to the line, where he hit both free throws.

Harden tallied five points before a Nunnally 3, then reeled off an 11-0 run that pushed the Houston lead to 92-80. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returned after sitting out the last seven games with a right adductor strain.

Via Stats By STATS, Harden is the first player to score at least 55 points in back-to-back games since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

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