Historic scoring marks don’t really move James Harden all that much anymore, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop putting them up.
On Monday, it was 39 points on the New Orleans Pelicans to bump his scoring average to 37.3 through the first 10 games, the highest the league has seen in the first 10 games in the past 50 seasons.
“I just go out there and play basketball,” Harden said of his scoring. “Try to be assertive as I can. We’re really pissed about losing those three games — that’s what we’re thinking about [with the first 10 games]. I think defensively we’re getting better. We’ve been really good these last few games. And that’s our mindset, just continue to get better. Like, individually, I don’t care. I’ve done a lot of good things, pretty good things individually, so the most important thing is winning and finding ways to get better.”
The Rockets improved to 7-3 with a 122-116 win over the Pelicans. Harden scored 28 of his 39 points after halftime — including 19 in the fourth quarter — and scored or assisted on 61 of Houston’s 91 points while he was on the floor.