All-Star guard James Harden was totally locked in following his monster performance in Houston Rockets’ 114-107 win against Orlando Magic at the Toyota Center.
After 46 minutes of basketball action, Harden finished the game with 60 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, a stat sheet that has never been seen before.
“I just gave it all I had tonight. We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key stops when we needed to and we made big shots.” Harden stated after the game
Harden created history with a new career-high, breaking the franchise record for most points in a game, to overtake Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy’s 57 points in 1978 for the Rockets.
“Congratulations to @JHarden13 for breaking my record. I’ve been honored to hold the #Rockets single game scoring record for 40 years. James you are a class act!” The Hall of Famer stated
In addition, the 28-year-old superstar achieved more than that as his 60-point triple double was just first in the history of NBA.
The previous high record was 57 from Russell Westbrook last March of 2017.
How did he make it? Thanks to the step-back three of Harden as he drawn a foul to create a four-point play over Magic’s Mario Hezonja which iced the game.
The Rockets played without Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza, who are dealing with injuries. They also lost Eric Gordon after he left in the second quarter with lower back problems. (Sign Up now for more updated sports news)
“I looked at Coach and said, ‘Eric can’t go. He said go get ’em. And after that, I didn’t come out of the game.” Harden added
Harden’s performance includes four steals and block. He also had five three-pointers in 19-of-30 field goals attempts and 17-of-18 free throws.
“It’s a good feeling, I guess. Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can. Whether it’s scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, whatever it is. And tonight, I guess I was doing everything.” The All-Star guard expressed
Stay tuned for the forthcoming events and betting odds as FIFA World Cup 2018 comes to a close.
PHOTO CREDIT: NBA/Twitter