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Michael Jordan: Westbrook, Harden streaks easier than winning six rings

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Connor Grott
Michael Jordan (L) met with reporters Tuesday and discussed the streaks of Russell Westbrook and James Harden. File Photo by Nell Redmond/UPI
Michael Jordan (L) met with reporters Tuesday and discussed the streaks of Russell Westbrook and James Harden. File Photo by Nell Redmond/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Charlotte Hornets owner and Hall of Fame guard Michael Jordan met with reporters Tuesday to discuss the upcoming 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend.

Reporters asked Jordan and team president Fred Whitfield a variety of questions, including an inquiry regarding Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and Houston Rockets star James Harden.

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Harden had his 30th consecutive game with 30-plus points, while Westbrook picked up his 10th straight triple-double Monday night to surpass Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain's record.

Jordan disclosed that both players are on historic runs and it benefits the game of basketball.

"They're both hard," Jordan told reporters. "It shows the talent we have within the league. It shows progression in the league. 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."

The six-time champion with the Chicago Bulls added that one feat is tougher to accomplish.

"Which is harder from a player's standpoint? Six championships by all means," Jordan said with a grin.

Harden used a fourth-quarter scoring spree to extend his streak to 30 games Monday night. He scored 11 points in the final 100 seconds as the Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-104.

Westbrook finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the Thunder's 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Both players were All-Star selections and will play in the annual All-Star Game this weekend in Charlotte.

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