“I just want to win”: James Harden makes NBA history

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James Harden of the Houston Rockets shot into basketball history Friday night when he single-handedly scored 54 points against  Orlando Magic and became the first player in NBA history to have back-to-back 50 point games with 10 or more 3-pointers. 

The NBA confirmed the record-breaking streak on Twitter Friday night. 

Harden joins Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors as the only two players in NBA history to have back-to-back games with at least 10 three-pointers, according to NBA statistics. But, he is the only player to ever do so with at least 50 points to his name at the end of each game.

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It was also his fourth 50-point game in his past seven games, and his seventh 50-point game of the season, CBS Sports reports. To put that in perspective: The rest of the NBA — combined — has had only five such games this season.

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James Harden drives against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of an NBA basketball game on December 11, 2019, in Cleveland. Tony Dejak/AP

“I feel like we lost against just him tonight,” Magic guard Evan Fournier said, The Associated Press reported. “He’s the MVP for a reason. We talked about in pregame that he’ll take shots, and we’ll just live with the results. He did not miss tonight, period.”

Harden averages 39.3 points per game — which is eight points more than the runner-up — and 37.8 minutes of playtime per game, according to CBS Sports. Together, that means on average, Harden scores over a point a minute.

“I just want to win,” Harden said after Houston’s win over Orlando on Friday night. “Whatever it takes.”  

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