For the first time in NBA history, a 60 point triple-double has been recorded and Houston Rockets star James Harden was the man who did it. He entered the game without his backcourt running mate Chris Paul, wingman Trevor Ariza and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon. The shorthanded Rockets could have put up a lackluster effort with mostly reserves playing but unfortunately for the Orlando Magic, James Harden happened.
James Harden erupted on Tuesday night for a career-high, Rockets franchise record and NBA season-high 60 points. SIXTY. POINTS. Oh, and the NBA MVP candidate also handed out 11 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds to record the first ever 60 point triple-double in NBA history.
He did something that fellow triple-double masters Russell Westbrook, Magic Johnson and LeBron James never did. Sure, it was against the lowly Magic, a team that had some people curious about their playoff hopes early in the season before a monumental collapse, but if it was that easy every other player would be able to do it.
The man Harden passed to set the new Rockets scoring mark, basketball hall of famer Calvin Murphy, showed love to Harden after achieving his feat.
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 31, 2018
— Calvin Murphy (@CalvinMurphyHOF) January 31, 2018