All-time list climbing, blistering scoring & GOAT Talk fit for a King
Harden moves into third all-time in three-pointers made
Lots of threes to go around as all-star guard James Harden moved into third place on the all-time three-pointers made list this past week.
Thursday, March 10 Harden moved into sole possession of third place with a made deep shot with 6:59 left in the first quarter of a 129-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
The made jumper pushed the Arizona State product past former Indiana Pacer guard Reggier Miller, who was in attendance. He even sported a 76er jersey that recognized the feat upon completion.
Miller also saw guards Ray Allen and Steph Curry pass him on the list as well. Currently, only Allen and Curry lie ahead of Harden on the three-pointers made list.
As it presently stands, Harden is 405 made threes away from tying Allen and 549 away from tying Curry, who's still playing at an all-time level.
Harden has been vocal about wanting the top spot.
The 32-year-old is now on his third team in the last three years.
Pop alone on mountain top
What appeared to be a foregone conclusion has come true as San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich is now the all-time leader in wins for coaches in NBA history.
Saturday, March 12 history was made as Pop picked up win No. 1,336 when his Spurs beat the Utah Jazz, 104-102.
In his 26-year career, Popovich has won five NBA championships, three Coach of the Year awards and is now the winningest coach in NBA history.
Not to mention, Pop has two medals (Bronze and Gold) during his time as an assistant coach for Team USA. In addition, he added a Gold medal as head coach for the team this past Summer Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020.
It’s unsure how much longer the 73-year old will coach for but one thing remains, he’ll only continue to set the bar higher the longer he does.
Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns has only continued to give credence to his “Greatest Shooting Big Man of All-Time” claim from December.
Since then, KAT has added a three-point contest trophy and has the Timberwolves in playoff position for the first time since he shared the locker room with all-star guard Jimmy Butler.
Towns put up an unreal 60 points Monday, March 14 on 19-of-31 from the field including 7-of-11 from three-point range. He also hauled in 17 rebounds in the process.
This massive stat line was put up in 36 minutes by the former Kentucky big man.
In addition, his 32 points put up in the third quarter stand as the fifth-highest scoring output in a quarter in NBA history.
Towns’ big night came in a 149-139 win over the San Antonio Spurs and was the second of a now three-game win streak.
Minnesota will look for a fourth straight win Saturday, March 19 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
More rare air for King James
The Kid from Akron, the Man in the Arena, or whatever you call him, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James continues to be one of a kind.
This was made clear when he became the first player in league history to record 10K points, 10K rebounds and 10K assists Sunday, March 13 against the Phoenix Suns.
The 37-year-old posted a season-high 56 points Saturday, March 5 and scored 50 points just two days before the 10K times three accomplishment.
However, those two 50-point performances helped produce the only two wins for the Lakers since returning from the all-star break.
Los Angeles is just 2-8 since returning to action in late February as the team continues to slide backwards in the playoff standings.
Kyrie’s historic 60-point night
One night after Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns went for 60 points, New Jersey had its second 60-point game by a native in as many days.
Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving just put up 50 points a week ago, but now the NBA champion has one-upped himself going for 60 points in the process.
However, this 60-point game was unlike many others.
Irving scored his 60 points on 20-of-31 shooting from the field including going 8-of-12 from three-point range. He also went 12-of-13 from the free throw line.
Not to mention, the seven-time all-star added six rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block.
In his two latest breakout games, Irving has scored 110 points on 35-of-50 from the field including a 17-for-24 mark from deep and only three missed free throws on 26 attempts.
The part-time player is averaging 27.7 points per game on 49% from the field in 19 games played.
He’s scored 30-plus points seven times and scored 40 or more twice. Both of those games are the aforementioned 50 and 60-point games.