Harden's Triple-Double Leads Win Over Shorthanded Clippers

Antonio JonesJan 02, 2017

James Harden has taken his game to the next level since Mike D'Antoni made him the point guard for the Houston Rockets, but last night, The Beard had an extraordinary night even by his standards.

James Harden has produced a National Basketball Association record 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds as the Houston Rockets beat the short-handed New York Knicks 129-122 on Sunday (NZ time).

Harden posted 30 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and a block while the Rockets scored a season-high 140 points. He passed his previous career best of 51 points on a 3 with 1:16 left, leading to a standing ovation. He was 9 for 13 from the field in the fourth period and made 9 of 13 3s and all 13 of his free throws in the game. Another three by Anderson with less than two minutes left extended the lead to 124-113.

Westbrook recorded his 16th triple-double of the season with 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds in only 28 minutes of action as the Thunder routed the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 114-88.

Earlier, LeBron James scored 17 of his 32 points in the first quarter in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 121-109 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Keyed by a pair of three-pointers by Marreese Speights, the Clippers fought back with an 18-4 run that cut the deficit to 64-53. Houston led by 25 points midway through the second quarter but needed Harden and Harrell to carry it to victory.

TIMBERWOLVES 116, Bucks 99: Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 16 rebounds to help Minnesota beat Milwaukee.

It was an eighth triple-double of the season and 17th of his career for Harden.

Trey Burke came off the bench to score 20 of his season-high 27 points in the first half of Washington's 118-95 rout of Brooklyn. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won consecutive games for just the second time since mid-November.

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