James Harden Historic NBA Achievement with Clippers Against Grizzlies

James Harden continues to shine in his latest season.

by Nouman Rasool
James Harden Historic NBA Achievement with Clippers Against Grizzlies
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In a remarkable display of basketball prowess, James Harden of the Los Angeles Clippers etched his name in NBA history during Friday night's electrifying encounter with the Memphis Grizzlies. Harden, a seasoned veteran in his 15th NBA season, celebrated his 1,026th career game.

This milestone achievement places him in esteemed company, equalling the records set by NBA legends Grant Hill and Reggie Theus, and ranks him 132nd on the all-time regular season games played list. With his sights set on surpassing Joe Smith's record of 1,030 games, Harden continues to be a model of durability and consistency in the league.

But it wasn't just his game count that made headlines. In an extraordinary feat, Harden ascended to the 16th spot on the NBA's all-time assists leaderboard, overtaking the legendary Lenny Wilkens. With a new target in sight, Harden is now chasing Maurice Cheeks, who holds a career tally of 7,392 assists.

This milestone was duly recognized by the NBA, which extended congratulations to Harden through its official Twitter handle, highlighting his remarkable contribution to the sport.

Harden's Stellar Season

Harden's season stats have been nothing short of impressive. Averaging 17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, he has shown remarkable efficiency with a field goal percentage of 47.0% and a three-point accuracy of 43.4% in 25 games.

These numbers not only underscore his individual brilliance but also contribute significantly to the Clippers' successful campaign. The Clippers, currently the fourth seed in the Western Conference with a commendable 19-12 record in 31 games, clinched another victory against the Grizzlies.

Looking ahead, they are gearing up to face Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat in a much-anticipated showdown on Monday night in Los Angeles. Drafted as the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft from Arizona State, Harden's career trajectory has been nothing short of stellar.

With ten NBA All-Star selections and the prestigious 2018 MVP Award under his belt, Harden's journey through teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Oklahoma City Thunder has been marked by consistent excellence.

His career averages - 24.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, along with shooting percentages of 44.3% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc - reflect the enduring impact he has had on the game, solidifying his status as one of the NBA's all-time greats.

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