James Harden’s 2018-2019 Best Individual Games

By our good friends at Basketball Reference, Houston Rockets guard James Harden had 5 of the top 14 best individual performances of the season by their Game Score rating. How it is calculated is listed below.

Game Score; the formula is PTS + 0.4 * FG – 0.7 * FGA – 0.4*(FTA – FT) + 0.7 * ORB + 0.3 * DRB + STL + 0.7 * AST + 0.7 * BLK – 0.4 * PF – TOV. Game Score was created by John Hollinger to give a rough measure of a player’s productivity for a single game. The scale is similar to that of points scored, (40 is an outstanding performance, 10 is an average performance, etc.).

Throughout the rest of the summer we will do a list of the Top 20 games of all-time, but for this column I will be focusing on the most dynamic player in the NBA today.

So here is James Harden’s top 5 games for this past season: (Thanks to all of the YouTube video creators for the highlights)

5. January 16, 2019- Houston vs Brooklyn

Harden’s Game Score Rating: 43.8

4. March 20, 2019- Houston vs Memphis

Harden’s Game Score Rating: 44.2

3. March 22, 2019- Houston vs San Antonio

Harden’s Game Score: 46.0

2. January 23, 2019- Houston vs New York

Harden’s Game Score: 48.5

1. February 28, 2019- Houston vs Miami

Harden’s Game Score: 52.2

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