Jan 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after the Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 114-110 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden was already on an unbelievable run over the last five weeks, and then Wednesday night happened.

The Houston Rockets’ guard dropped a franchise-record 61 points (17-of-38 FG, 22-of-25 FT) on the New York Knicks, and the Rockets needed just about every point in the 114-110 victory. Harden sealed the victory with this steal and dunk:

Scoring 61 points is amazing enough, but many stats and factoids about Harden emerged after the game that are particularly stunning. Let’s go through some of those…

Harden is averaging 52.2 points over his last five games.

Harden is the first player to score at least 55 points three times in a calendar month since Wilt Chamberlain did so in 1963.

Harden is the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to score 60 points and pull down 15 rebounds in the same game.

Harden outscored the Knicks’ starting five 61-59.

Harden has scored more than 1,000 points over his last 25 games.

Harden has scored at least 56 points three times over the last nine days. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — the NBA’s all-time leading scorer — *never* scored 56+ points in a game.

Harden is averaging 42.5 points since Dec. 11.

Harden is now averaging 36.3 points on the season.

And the most incredible one: all 261 of Harden’s points in this five-game stretch have been unassisted. The unassisted point streak is overall at 263 for Harden.

Harden will look to keep up his insane run when the Rockets host the Raptors on Friday night in Houston.

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