James Harden recorded a game-high 48 points (14-30 FG), to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the Rockets to a 138-134 overtime victory over the Lakers in Houston. Harden is now averaging 40.3 points per game over his last 22 games, tying him with Rick Barry for the 4th-longest streak of consecutive games averaging 40+ points in NBA history [only K. Bryant (23 games), E. Baylor (33 games) and W. Chamberlain (515 games) have done so over a longer period of time].
Harden has also scored 30+ points in 19 consecutive games, moving him past Elgin Baylor for the 5th-longest streak of 30-point games in NBA history (W. Chamberlain has the four longest streaks; 20, 25, 31, and 65 games). Eric Gordon also added 30 points (7-16 FG) for the Rockets, while Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 32 points (12-19 FG) and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. With the win, the Rockets improve to 26-19, while the Lakers fall to 25-22 on the season.