Former Arizona State star James Harden scores 60 in triple-double performance

02 February, 2018, 14:23 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Even he couldn't have imagined he'd do this much.

Harden, starting guard for the NBA's Houston Rockets, exploded for 60 points on an efficient 19-of-30 shooting, dished out 11 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds in their 114-107 win over the Orlando Magic.

"I just gave it all I had tonight", said Harden.

Harden reflected more on his 60-point triple-double with members of the media, as James Feigen of the Houston Chronicle posted another video of a postgame interview with the star guard. Murphy was also on hand to witness it and was shown cheering Harden's accomplishment.

The Rockets were down several key players for Tuesday's game. Harden responded by scoring a mind-boggling 52 percent of his team's total points in the win. Then, following a Jonathon Simmons' turnover, Harden connected on a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and as he was fouled by Mario Hezonja.

That's four more points than all of Orlando's starters combined. Harden scored 60 points yes, but he added 11 assists and 10 rebounds tallying his third triple-double of the year.

He made 17 of 18 free throws and was 19 of 30 from the floor with five three-pointers.


"Especially playing Houston because these are the types of games that I want to be in - against playoff teams and championship-caliber teams, " Gordon said. "Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can".

Stanley Johnson had a career-high 26 points, Andre Drummond scored 21 points to go with his 22 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons defeated last season's finalists Cleveland Cavaliers 125-104. But tonight I ain't going to lie.

The Rockets (36-13) started without Paul and Trevor Ariza, who had a strained hamstring.

"I looked at coach and said: 'Eric can't go, '" Harden said "He said go get 'em and after that I didn't come out of the game".

However, while Harden was wearing a headset and being interviewed after the game, Paul made a decision to have some fun with his teammate and took to his personal Snapchat account to post a video reacting to Harden's epic performance.

He very almost did fight for 48 minutes all by himself, playing for 46:26.

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