With the Houston Rockets short-handed, James Harden put on a show many will never forget. Harden became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double in the Houston Rockets’ 114-107 home win over the Orlando Magic.
Aside from scoring 60, Harden also added 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the game.
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Harden’s previous career high entering Tuesday was 56 points which he got a few years ago against the Utah Jazz, but he didn’t get a triple-double in the process.
The 60 points from Harden Tuesday night also serves as a new franchise high for the Rockets, surpassing the 57 that Houston legend Calvin Murphy had owned for the past 40 years.
The Rockets were down several key players for Tuesday’s game. Chris Paul, who has a sore groin, and Trevor Ariza, who is dealing with a strained hamstring, both sat out. They lost another player when Eric Gordon, who is second on the team in scoring with 19.5 points a game, left early in the second quarter with lower back stiffness.
Having finished second twice in the MVP race in his career, Harden is looking to change that this year as he’s arguably the top leader for this year’s prestigious award. Whether he continues to stay this hot and avoid injury will remain to be seen, but there’s no denying the fact that he’s in the race for MVP this season.