Joining LeBron James in Elite Company, James Harden’s Historic Night Welcomes Another All-Time Record

Published 12/15/2023, 1:39 AM EST

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James Harden has had a purple patch for the ages in the past few weeks. After a disastrous losing streak to begin his Los Angeles Clippers stint, a breakout run of success has set things straight for the ex-MVP. Now, to add the icing on the cake, the 34-year-old has reached 25,000 points for his career, becoming only the 24th ever to do so. However, his day only got better from there.

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Not only did the Clippers manage to win a hard-fought battle against the Golden State Warriors, but Harden himself had a night to remember. From a season-high outburst of 28 points and a career milestone, the 10x All-Star had it all. To top this off, Harden has now joined the 4x MVP LeBron James in an elite list.

James Harden joins LeBron James in elite company

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James Harden’s incredible outing against Stephen Curry and Co. came with some remarkable rewards. The Clippers star tallied a total of 28 points, 15 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, and a steal in the matchup. This very stat line is something he now shares with just one player in NBA history – LeBron James.

LeBron James is known for his elite all-around play on the court. This stat line is just another demonstration of the Los Angeles Lakers forward’s legendary versatility. James Harden, too, has now displayed a similar skill, becoming the only player alongside The King to record such a stat.

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After a historic outing of this sort, it is clear that the ex-MVP still has it in him to go off on any given night. But given the Clippers’ current position in the Western Conference, this ability of his of utmost importance.

The Beard’s purple patch sugarcoats a major struggle

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James Harden may have had a night to remember in the Crypto.com Arena but the Clippers star still has a lot left on his plate. His team is placed 7th in the Western Conference despite boasting of 4 future Hall of Famers. Harden too, has not had the best of seasons, only averaging 16.6 PPG, which is his lowest since 2012.

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The Beard will have to sustain his form in the past few games to ensure the team does not fall below its current position. To make a push to the playoffs while avoiding the dangerous Play-In Tournament, Harden and his troops will have to consistently put up the kind of outings they did against the Warriors.

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With Paul George’s injury, a dark fear awaits the Los Angeles-based franchise. However, Harden’s form combined with Kawhi Leonard’s extraordinary run provide a sense of hope. Can the Clippers storm into the playoffs and further with this duo? Do the Clippers need more help? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sachit Kaundinya

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Sachit is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for several years and is deeply passionate about the sport and it?s strategic aspects. Combining his passion and desire to stay connected with basketball, Sachit pursued a writing career.
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Sameen Nawathe

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