The Beard had a game for the ages tonight against the Orlando Magic.
James Harden just put up one of the best stat lines you will ever see tonight in a win over the Orlando Magic (14-35). The MVP of the league went for a franchise-record 60 points as well as 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
You read that right. James Harden had a 60-point triple-double, the first in NBA history. He led the shorthanded Houston Rockets (36-13) to a huge win 114-107.
Let’s take a look at the other stats:
Non-James Harden notable stats
Clint Capela: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks
Gerald Green: 11 points, 6 rebounds
Ryan Anderson: 10 points, 2/3 from deep
James Harden carried
With Markel Brown being the only other available guard beside Gerald Green, Harden played 46 out of the 48 minutes of the game. In addition to his crazy base stat line, the Beard also had 4 steals and a block. He also shot 19/30 overall and 17/18 from the free throw line.
The Rockets hit 13 shots from deep tonight, including 3 from P.J. Tucker. He seems to be regaining some confidence on his 3-point shot this month.
Nene was…not fantastic. He was the only Rocket to finish with a negative plus-minus, making the team 7 points worse when he was on the court.
This night was all about James Harden. The Magic had no answer for him at all. Here is the shot that gave him the record:
Houston we have a problem, and his name is James Harden. @JHarden13 breaks Calvin Murphy's single-game @HoustonRockets record and becomes the first player in @NBAHistory to post a 60-point triple double! ??? pic.twitter.com/3NmT0xIpIr
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 31, 2018
What an unreal night. If this man is not the MVP, who else could it be?
We leave you with this incredible stat, courtesy of Craig Ackerman:
The Magic shot 51%…connected on 15 of their 31 three's, had 51 bench points and still couldn't win because James Harden was literally a one-man wrecking crew!
— Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) January 31, 2018