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Harden dominating ... at the free throw line

Let's put James Harden's free throw shooting exploits this season into perspective.

Harden went 21-of-22 in Monday's win over the Indiana Pacers.

Harden has had two games with at least 20 made free throws in the past five days. The rest of the NBA has yet to have one such game all season.

If Harden had another game with 20 makes this season, he'd be the third player with three such games in a season in the past 50 seasons. The only two players currently on that list are Jerry West (1965-66) and Kobe Bryant (2005-06).

He's the fourth player to have at least two such games in the past 20 seasons, along with Bryant, Kevin Durant (2012-13) and Dwyane Wade (2006-07).

Harden has now made 606 free throws this season. Only one other player has more than 400 makes (Russell Westbrook, 448).

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Harden can now say, "I've had the NBA's past three regular-season games in which a player made 20 or more free throws."

He's the only player in NBA history who can say that.

The 6-foot-5 Harden will become the fifth player 6-5 or shorter to lead the NBA in free throws made since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976. The other four are Allen Iverson (6-0), World B. Free (6-2), Adrian Dantley (6-5) and Pete Maravich (6-5).

Harden is shooting nearly 87 percent from the free throw line. The average NBA player entered the day shooting 75 percent. That equates to Harden making about 80 more free throws than the average player would have on the same number of shots.

Lastly, how hard is it to shoot that many free throws that well in a game?

Harden is the second player to take at least 22 attempts and shoot 95 percent or better in the past eight seasons. The other was Dirk Nowitzki, who was 24-of-24 from the free throw line against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.