No one knew quite what to expect when Chris Paul exited the Houston Rockets lineup with an injury prior to the holidays. James Harden would have to score a little more. That was a certainty.
No one expected what actually transpired.
Conjuring up memories of Wilt Chamberlain, Harden made those 22 games his personal playground, averaging 42.8 points, 8.3 assists and 7.6 rebounds as the Rockets went 12-5. Now, the jersey he wore from one of the more memorable games in that historic stretch is up for grabs.
NBA Auctions is offering the jersey Harden donned in Houston’s 113-109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day. The auction opened Thursday and will run until February 21. Bidding is expected to stretch well into five figures.
It was the first game that Houston wore its new Earned Statement Edition jerseys. Harden played 38 minutes in the home contest, scoring a game-high 41 points with a team-high 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. It was one of 13 40-point games he produced during Paul’s absence.
The red jersey, a Size 50 with six inches extra length, is registered into the NBA and MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program and carries a hand-noted “12/25” date on the tag.