Harden becomes first player in NBA history to score 60 points in triple-double

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James Harden became the first playerin NBAhistory to score 60 points as part of a triple-double in the Houston Rockets’ 114-107 home win over the Orlando Magic. “I just gave it all I had tonight,” Harden said after Tuesday’s contest.”We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key stops when we needed to and we made big shots.” Harden scored 18 points in the fourth quarterto eclipse the 57 points Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to break Houston’s single-game scoring record.
After Harden eclipsed the mark, cameras in the arena showed a shot of Murphy, who works on the television broadcast team, smiling and clapping for The Beard, who also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists. “Amazing, [and] topped it off with a four-point play at the end,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.”But we had to have every minute from him.” Harden, who also had four steals and a block, grabbed his 10th rebound a few seconds later to earn his third triple-double this season.
He made 17 of 18 free throws and was 19-of-30 from the floor with five 3-pointers. He said he didn’t realise he was the first player with 60 points in a triple-double. “It’s a good feeling, I guess,” he said. “Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can. Whether it’s scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, whatever it is. And tonight, I guess I was doing everything.” Harden’s big night came as he played 46 minutes and 26 seconds — representing a career high for a regulation game — with Houston missing so many players. “I was shocked to see that,” Speights said of Harden not getting worn out by playing so many minutes.
“He didn’t really get subbed out, and that shows the growth in his game and the maturity in his game.” It was Harden’s fourth 50-point game this season and ninth of his career. Tuesday’s performance bested his previous career high of 56 points set in November against the Utah Jazz. “I have never seen a performance like that,” said Harden’s teammate Gerald Green. “I caught myself just being a true fan throughout the whole game. … What he did today was remarkable.”

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