James Harden already led the NBA in scoring entering Tuesday night’s Rockets-Magic game. He was already a leading MVP candidate.
Then he went ahead and dropped 60 points — along with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. That makes him the first player in league history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double.
After the game, a 114-107 Houston win, Harden gave glory to God:
— James Harden (@JHarden13) January 31, 2018
The point total also set a new single-game scoring record for Houston, previously held by Calvin Murphy, who scored 57 in a 1978 game. But the 60-10-11 line puts Harden in a category all to himself.
His peers took notice:
C’mon @JHarden13!!! Now that’s insane G! 60 point Triple Dub. Sheesh!!! ?????
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 31, 2018
— Chris Paul (@CP3) January 31, 2018
Okay @JHarden13 you’re not playing fair!!!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 31, 2018
— Calvin Murphy (@CalvinMurphyHOF) January 31, 2018
Well done, Harden. The victory puts Houston just three games behind Golden State for the top spot in the Western Conference.
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