(CTN News) – In Thursday night’s 121-113 victory over the visiting Warriors, James Harden, the star player of the Los Angeles Clippers, achieved a significant milestone by becoming the 24th player in NBA history to surpass the 25,000-point scoring mark.
At the age of 34, Harden entered the game needing 20 points to reach this milestone, but he exceeded expectations by scoring a season-high 28 points.
In addition to his scoring prowess, he also contributed 15 assists and seven rebounds in the win. With Paul George absent due to injury, Harden stepped up his game and played for 42 minutes.
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue acknowledged Harden’s exceptional performance, stating, “That’s what James does. PG was out tonight, so he raised his level of play… It was a huge game for him.”
The victory improved the Clippers’ season record to 14-10, while the Warriors dropped to 10-14. Among active players, only LeBron James (No. 1 all-time with 39,234 points) and Kevin Durant (No. 10 with 27,508 points) have scored more career points than Harden.
The next player ahead of Harden on the career scoring list is Lakers legend Jerry West, who currently holds the 23rd spot with 25,192 points.
The Warriors’ game on Thursday marked their first match after the NBA suspended star forward Draymond Green indefinitely.
This decision came after Green threw a punch at Suns center Jusuf Nurkić during Tuesday’s game, which resulted in a loss for the Warriors.
On the other hand, Harden and the Clippers will be playing against the Knicks (13-10) at home on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Warriors are set to face the Nets (13-11) on Saturday night in San Francisco.