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Harden scores 60 in triple-double

01 February, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Harden is on track to be the NBA's scoring leader in 2017-18 as he's the only player averaging over 30 points per game thus far.

Harden also broke the Houston Rockets' record for points in a game.

Murphy was in attendance at the game as a member of the Rockets' Root Sports television broadcasting crew.

James Harden became the first player in National Basketball Association history to record a 60-point triple-double as the short-handed Houston Rockets defeated the Orlando Magic 114-107 yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Added Magic big man Marreese Speights: "I've played with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and those guys had some pretty good performances". He set the scoring mark when he stepped back and netted a 3-pointer before crashing to the court after being fouled by Mario Hezonja. The All-Star guard made 10 of 11 free throws and scored eight of his points in the fourth quarter.

Hezonja and Speights scored 17 points each for the Magic, who dropped their third straight.

Derrick Favors added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who snapped a five-game losing streak to Golden State extending back to the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

With Chris Paul out with a groin injury, the Houston Rockets had hoped that James Harden could step up just a little more than he usually does.

It was his fourth 50-point game this season and Tuesday's performance bested his previous career-high of 56 points set in November against Utah. Harden attempted only two field goals that weren't in the paint or a three-pointer.

Number of times James Harden has scored 50 or more points. Harden capped that run with his first 3-pointer of the game after missing all seven tries in the first half. Orlando pushed its lead to five points only for Harden to fashion repeated responses. "But the way he did it, still getting other guys involved and still running the team, that was unbelievable".

That's four more points than all of Orlando's starters combined. There is just no other word for it.

Harden piled up 16 points in the first quarter and had 24 by halftime despite his early 3-point shooting woes. Orlando led 55-54 at halftime. He will likely sit out Wednesday as well.

Rockets: Ariza injured his left hamstring on Sunday.

RAPTORS 109, T'WOLVES 104 DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Raptors rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Timber-wolves.


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