James Harden joins Wilt Chamberlain in elite company

We’re running out of ways to explain just how dominant Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been in recent weeks.

The reigning NBA MVP entered Monday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies averaging an NBA-best 34.2 points per game. That includes an average of 40.3 points over the past 16 games.

Even in the second half of a back-to-back against one of the best defensive teams in the Association, Harden absolutely dominated in the first half. That included Harden dropping a ridiculous 36 points in the first two quarters. In fact, he scored all but 18 of Houston’s points before intermission.

It was something to behold.

As noted, Harden has now posted 30-plus points in 17 consecutive games. That’s the longest streak in the Association since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964. Wilt averaged nearly 37 points per game that season.

Needless to say, people are losing their minds over Harden’s otherworldly performance.