James Harden missed all 10 three pointers he attempted, snapping his 32-game streak with at least 30 points as the Houston Rockets defeated the Atlanta Hawks 119-111 on Monday.
Harden finished with 28 points after missing Saturday’s victory over the Golden State Warriors with a neck injury. He said at practice earlier Monday that he was still bothered by the neck problem.
His run of games with 30 or more points was the second-longest in league history behind a 65-game streak by Wilt Chamberlain.
Harden reached 28 points with 23 seconds left in the fourth. He even had the ball near half court on the last play of the game, but unlike previous games during the streak, he did not attempt to pad his scoring total.
Harden last finished shy of 30 points on December 11 against the Portland Trail Blazers when he tallied 29. During the streak, he scored 50 or more points four times, including a career-high 61 in a win over the New York Knicks on January 23.
Harden said he had no false ideas about catching Chamberlain.
“It was cool but I knew I wasn’t going to get to No. 1,” Harden said .
Harden, who was fined $25,000 on Saturday for criticizing the referees after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, has missed just four games this season.
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