Last night the short handed Houston Rockets faced off against the Orlando Magic. The Rockets won the game 114-107, but relied heavily on Harden with both Ariza and Paul out. As many of you know Harden made history last night, being the first NBA player ever to record a 60 point triple double. His final stat line was 60 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists on 19-30 from the field, and 17-18 from the free throw line while playing a total of 46 minutes. The 60 points and 46 minutes last night from Harden are both career highs for him. The 60 points are also a single game record in Houston Rockets history, beating out Calvin Murphy who previously had the record at 57. Murphy is a member of the Houston Rockets broadcast team, so he was able to witness this historic night in person. Harden’s performance last night is one of the all-time greats as First Things First, Nick Wright compared this to Kobe Bryant’s 81 point performance, while also saying this about Harden’s night, “This was as impressive as any individual statistical night I’ve seen in the NBA.” After last night Harden seems to be the front-runner for MVP, but with still much of the season remaining he is still no lock to win it.
Stats and Info via: @FTFonFS1 Basketball-reference.com and ESPN.com
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