NEW YORK – James Harden surpassed Larry Bird on the NBA’s all-time scorers list and now ranks 34th overall. Harden reached the milestone by scoring 24 points Saturday night in the Brooklyn Nets’ 100-95 win over the Detroit Pistons.
“We all know how good Larry was and the things he did in Boston,” Harden said. “A legend. And I think I just play the game the right way, and I hope good things happen for me, passing one of the best basketball players is a great honor.”
Harden now has 21,792 points, one more than Bird.
Harden also had 10 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks to complete his 24 points on Saturday. It was the ninth triple-double Harden has recorded since joining the Nets in mid-January. He is tied for the third-most recorded triple-doubles by a player in a single season in the Nets franchise, according to ESPN’s Statistics and Information research.
James Harden shows his surprise at the post-game press conference when he was informed that he surpassed Larry Bird on the all-time goalscorer list.
He’s also the fourth-most by a player in his first season with a team, according to data from the Elias Sports Bureau.
Harden scored the last 10 points of Saturday’s victory for Brooklyn, tying his second-most points in deciding time. With the win over Detroit, the Nets improved to 8-1 when Harden registers a triple-double, and he can overtake Gary Payton (21,813 points) and secure 33rd overall by scoring his next 22 points.
“I just have to keep building, because at the end of the day, I want my name to be mentioned with those greats,” Harden said.