Harden would do exactly that, while piling on degrees of difficulty—the Rockets star added 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and threw in four steals for the highest-scoring triple-double in NBA history.
— NBA (@NBA) January 31, 2018
That’s four more points than all of Orlando’s starters combined.
The entire Orlando Magic starting five combined for:
56 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, 5 threes, 5 steals and 2 made FT’s in 126 total minutes.
James Harden had:
60 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 threes, 4 steals and 17 made FT’s in 46 minutes.
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) January 31, 2018
Houston needed a big night from Harden, playing without the injured Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza. Eric Gordon exited the game in the first quarter with an injury of his own.
“I just gave it all I had tonight,” Harden said after the 114-107 victory. “We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key stops when we needed to and we made big shots.”
In addition to recording the league’s first ever 60-point triple-double, Harden broke the Rockets’ 40-year-old scoring record, set by Calvin Murphy with 57 points in 1978.
Even the Beard’s opponents were amazed by his 60-point triple-double.
“I’ve been in the league 10 years, so I’ve seen some guys go off like that,” said Magic guard D.J. Augustin. “But the way he did it, still getting other guys involved and still running the team, that was amazing.
“When you have a superstar like that, it’s hard to contain and guard him. He just makes everyone around him better.”
Added Magic big man Marreese Speights: “I’ve played with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and those guys had some pretty good performances. But tonight I ain’t going to lie. It was crazy to be out there and (see him) hitting all those crazy shots. He might win the MVP, so you expect that from guys like that.”