Jordan: 6 NBA titles tougher than Harden, Westbrook streaks

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
File-This April 6, 2009, file photo shows former North Carolina and NBA player Michael Jordan at halftime of the championship game at the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament. It’s well-known that Jordan uses failure to motivate him. The only thing seemingly that has eluded the 55-year-old Jordan is ultimate success as an executive and team owner. His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain marred in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market. But Jordan wants to keep his team, and the city, relevant. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game with such vigor. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan says James Harden's streak of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook's 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish.

But the Charlotte Hornets owner said Tuesday — flashing a big grin — that there is one accomplishment tougher than both those feats: "Which is harder from the player's standpoint? Six championships by all means."

Jordan praised both players for what they're doing, noting that both streaks are hard to accomplish.

Jordan said the milestones show "the talent that we have within the league."

"It shows progression in the league," Jordan said during an interview at his Hornets facility while discussing the upcoming All-Star weekend . "I am very proud of how both guys have done because they are making a mark for the league and I think it really helps grow the league."

Harden needed a late scoring spree on Monday night to extend his streak to 30 games, scoring 11 points in the final 100 seconds as the Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-104. Harden, who is playing with a strained left shoulder, reached the 30-point mark by swishing a 30-foot pull-up jumper.

Westbrook finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to notch his 10th straight triple-double in the Thunder's 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, breaking a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple doubles.

Both players will be in Charlotte this weekend for the All-Star game.

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