James Harden dropped a career high 61 points on the Knicks in MSG last night, one shy of Melo's 62-point Garden record set in 2014 against the Bobcats. He's been on a historic run that has put him in the converstaion with immortals like Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kobe Bryant.

Harden has scored 30 points in 21 consective games, good for fourth all-time, he tied Rick Barry with his 14th career 50-point game, and he has scored a mind-boggling 261 unassisted points. Those 261 points are the second-most by any player in a five-game span in the last 50 seasons.

The player he's behind? Kobe, who scored 268 in five straight back in March of 2007 (Shouts to ESPN for the stats.) So this begs the question: is James Harden this generation's Kobe Bryant? Check the video about for Pierce's take.