James Harden’s first 50 Point game last night scratches his name off of the list of stars who have yet to break the 50 point barrier. That list includes guys like Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose & Kevin Garnett to name a few. On the flip side of this coin are the list of guys who surprisingly eclipsed 50 at some point of their careers; Andre Miller, Dana Barros, Charles Smith, Vernon Maxwell, and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf to name a few. Chances are, some of those guys are names you’ve never heard of. But like anything else in life, it pays to be ready when your number is called.
Basketball has driven my life for the better part of two decades. To put it quite frankly, I’ve seen alot of basketball in my brief 26 years of life. Tracy Murray’s 50-point barrage in 1998 is one of these such games I remember quite vividly. Murray was one of those guys who bounced around the association seemingly every other year. His teams didn’t ask for much from him but to shoot the rock, and shoot it in bunches. Wherever, whenever and however. He didn’t fill the stat sheet with absurd averages, but he did possess one pretty looking stroke from midrange or deep. Rod Strickland had 20 assists during Murray’s career night including 21 points and 12 rebounds. One must say, the Warriors of the late 1990’s pose a stark contrast to the Dubs that are tearing up the Association right now under Steve Kerr’s watch. Those late 90’s Warriors couldn’t defend if they were playing 5 on 0. HARSH I know.
Let’s be honest for one second, Murray was hot from tip off. Very few of his shots this night were contested. They do say however, when you’re in that zone theres little to nothing anyone can do to take you out of it.