Houston (USA), Jan. 11 (EFE) .- Houston Rockets superstar guard James Harden reached another legendary mark in his brilliant professional career by reaching 20,000 points as a professional on Saturday.
He did it in the game that the Rockets played at the Toyota Center in Houston and won by beating 139-109 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.RELATED
Despite the great feat, Harden, 30, who finished the game with a double-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, was restrained with the achieved and ambitious for the future.
"Obviously it's a great achievement," Harden said after the game. 'I have a bigger image and goals to achieve, but what has been achieved tonight is great.'
Harden is the seventh youngest player to achieve that feat and has much time left in his career to reach even bigger milestones.
But how much can you climb on the all-time score list? It is a question a little difficult to consider because Harden is really different from any scorer we have seen.
He acknowledges that he does not intend to put any limitation but go out to the field and every night score the maximum points.
In fact, he manages the game in such an incredible way, that for fans of rival teams they feel it as a trap that has no limit.
Harden has a special ability when shooting from outside the perimeter, his strength to absorb (and create) contact with the opponent in order to force the staff and then pass the ball make it a real nightmare in each game because they know that all 30 points are guaranteed for the Rockets.
He is currently around 38 points per game so far this season, which would give him a third consecutive title of top scorer in the league.
No one has a good chance of catching it, and puts it in a position to register the third highest scoring mark in an all-season season.
The legendary Wilt Chamberlain has the first three, and its 50.4 points per game in 1962, and 44.8 points in 1963 are untouchable.
But his 38.4 points average he had in the 1961 season is within reach of Harden.
If Harden maintains the current rhythm and does not suffer injury at the end of the season, he could have achieved another 1,600 points, which would strain him with a mark close to 23,700 points in the 2020-21.
Harden has always been a long-lasting player with no worries about injuries, he can shoot triples and get to the line without ever losing his power in the offensive game.
This means that Harden is convinced that he can keep up the same pace for the next four or five seasons, hence he declared after the game against the Timberwolves, which has other 'more important' goals to achieve, such as overcoming the 36,000 point barrier. and join the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).
The only other active players who are on their way to reach 36,000 are forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
James, 35, is at 33,482 points, so it is practically a guarantee at this time that he can achieve it, while Durant is more in the air considering his Achilles tendon injury.
But regardless of what happens at the end of his career, it seems quite certain that Harden will finish it as one of the five best scorers of all time.
Another legendary, former baseman Michael Jordan currently ranks fifth with 32,292 points, which means that Harden needs less than 13,000 points to pass it.
At his pace and with his abilities, it is difficult to imagine a future where that does not happen, hence Harden more than celebrating the 20,000-point mark was limited to seeing it as one more step in the great goal of becoming the encessor leader of all time, something that now more than ever has at your fingertips.
His teammate and lifelong friend, escort Russell Westbrook, who also played in the game when Harden scored the first points of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder was much more effusive in his comments on the milestone.
"Being able to do that on a very, very high level is something we don't take for granted," said Westbrook. "Growing up in Los Angeles and being able to see him progress over the years for me is just a blessing to see him as his friend and I'm really happy for him." EFE
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