James Harden had a pretty decent game for the Houston Rockets tonight.
James Harden is in the midst of another potential MVP season. He’s narrowly missed out on the award the last two seasons.
In 2015, he was even named MVP by the NBA Players Associated. Steph Curry won the actual award that season, but Harden’s peers thought he deserved the honor.
This year, the Rockets acquired Chris Paul. Harden had been playing as the team’s de facto point guard.
With Paul on the roster, there were legitimate questions whether it would be a slight setback to Harden, who had become a dominant on-ball player. He’s been doing a nice job answering those questions this season.
Tonight may be his Pièce De Résistance. He accomplished something that no player in NBA history has.
The Rockets defeated the Orlando Magic 114-107. Harden led the way with 60 (!) points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Harden becomes the first player to notch a 60-point triple-double. Its one of the most remarkable stat-lines you’ll ever see.
— NBA (@NBA) January 31, 2018
The scoring output is a career high for Harden. It is also a franchise high for the Rockets, who have had some fine players in their day.
His 60 points is a high for this NBA season. It’s also his third time with a 50-point triple-double.
The Rockets look like a real contender to challenge the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference. If Harden can have games like this in the post-season, that potential Western Conference Finals will be a delight to watch.