One day after saying that he had not yet experienced his Madison Square Garden moment, James Harden drew his name in MSG lore with a career high of 61 points in Rockets' 114-110 victory over Knicks.
Hardened capped at night with a breakaway dunk in the last few seconds that sealed the game and tied Kobe Bryant's record for most points by a visiting opponent at the current Madison Square Garden.
Harden ended the 17-of-38 from the floor. He was only 5 to 20 from the 3-point range but was 22-of-25 from the line. All 61 points were unassisted.
"I take it," Harden said.
Most Points at Madison Square Garden (since 1968)
- 62 ̵
- 61 – Kobe Bryant, Lakers | February 2, 2009
- 61 – James Harden, Rockets | January 23, 2019
- 60 – Bernard King, Knicks | December 25, 1984
- 55 – Michael Jordan | March 28, 1995
- 55 – Bernard King, Knicks | February 16, 1985
- 54 – Stephen Curry | Feb 27, 2013
- 52 – LeBron James | February 4, 2009
Second hanging statistics from Hardens latest outbreak:
– Harden reached 30 points for the 21st following game … with three minutes left in the first half
– Harden has scored 261 consecutive unassisted points over the last five games where he has an average of 52.2 points
– Harden ends Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as only players with five 50 point games in a single season since 1976 NBA / ABA fusion
– First player in NBA history to try 20 3-pointers and 20 free throws
– First player with 60 points and 15 rebounds in one game since Shaquille O & # 39; Neal in 2000
– First player with three 55-point games in a calendar month since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963
– James Harden (@ JHarden13) January 24, 2019
Programming not e: Rockets vs. Knicks re-airs January 24 at NBA TV at. 3.30 p.m. ET
Oladipo suffers serious knee injury
Indiana Pacers lost All Star guard Victor Oladipo to the right knee injury during their fight against Raptors, and the team fears that the injury may be seasonal reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Oladipo's legs crept scary when he fell to the floor while trying to interfere with Pascal Siakam's expiration pass. The coaches put a towel over the leg, and players from both teams surrounded Oladipo. Fans gave him a standing ovation when he was driven off the floor on a stretcher.
The team announced Oladipo will review an MRI on Thursday.
The reaction to the injury quickly flowed over social media, with Paul George and LeBron James among the first to express support for Oladipo.
Beans at VO 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
– Paul George (@Yg_Trece) January 24, 2019
🙏🏾! ️! ️! ️! ️! ️! ️! 19 @VicOladipo
– LeBron James (@KingJames) January 24, 2019
Prayers up for Vic. https://t.co/TYvmiSzrEQ
– Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 24, 2019
Jazz, Nuggets play the feud
Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers to lead jazz past the Nuggets 114-108 in a game that may receive additional attention from the league office.
The game was heated early as Utah's Derrick Favors and Denver's Mason Plumlee were both triggered at 2:46 back in the first quarter. The two each pushed either under the Nuggets basket, resulting in more shoving from multiple players on both teams. Favors and Plumlee each got a technical flaw, like Utah's Royce O & N; Neale and Denver's Will Barton pushed and pushed in scrum.
Nikola Jokic came out of the bench and down into baseline, but did not get involved. And that's probably a good thing, according to Jae Crowder.
Jae, opponents of the temptation to get into it with Jokic in the second quarter: "It's very difficult, no doubt. If it was in a park, it would have gone down. It would have gone down quite safely. But you have to think about your teammates and you have to think about the situation. " pic.twitter.com/nqfovMwbpF
– Eric Walden (@tribjazz) January 24, 2019
Edges for Knicks: "Get me out of here"
Enes Kanters struggles to unite his playing time with his expectations could have come to the head of Knicks' 114-110 losses to the Rockets.
Edges were one of four knicks that did not put it on the floor; per. Reporting Out of New York Kanter claims to have been told that he began earlier in the day during a team meeting.
Under the accessibility of the postgame media, Kanter revealed his attitude: "I want to play basketball. If you have to play me here, play me. If not, take me out of here."
One's lips say he was told this morning by Knicks that he would start tonight against the Rockets. He got a DNP instead.
"What they do for me is pretty confused. I deserve better."
Surprisingly, edges are asking to be traded.
"You either play me or let me play." pic.twitter.com/EufOCAkidF
– Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) January 24, 2019
Timing is everything
After escaping New Orleans with a 98-94 victory, Blake Griffin was not happy with how the stamps played down the stretch.
"Our lack of focus at the end of games has been terrible," Griffin said. "And so we lose games like this."
Moments later, Reggie Jackson chose the absolute worst (or perhaps the best?) Time to break down the interview.
Leave the past
Dwyane Wade has swapped sweaters with current players as part of his farewell journey, but he made an exception when he heard former teammate Jason Williams was supposed to be in the building.
Famously known as "White Chocolate", Williams played to Kings and Grizzlies before taking his fancy handles to Miami for their 2005-06 championship. Williams retired after the 2010-11 campaign.
– Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 24, 2019
"He is full of (explosive) That was why I got rid of him. Kiss (expletive). "
– Gregg Popovich, on Sixers coach Brett Brown, who says Pop is the biggest coach in NBA history