James Harden of Houston Rockets logs another historic triple-double #Point_TripleJanuary 12, 2019
The end of the period was a deadline of sorts due to the lopsided score, considering coach Mike D’Antoni had informed Harden that he would sit out the fourth quarter of the 141-113 rout Friday night.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harden became the first player in NBA history to record a 40-point triple-double while playing fewer than 30 minutes, as he finished with 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 29:34.
“I take PJ to dinner, movies, Europe,” Harden said, smiling.
play James Harden records a triple-double with 43 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 140-113 rout of the Cavs.
That particular play was clearly an example of the Rockets being aware of a statistical milestone for Harden, who has four 40-point triple-doubles this season, while the rest of the NBA has combined for one, by Washington’s Bradley Beal in a triple-overtime victory over the Suns.
of TimesOscar Robertson22James Harden12Russell Westbrook11Wilt Chamberlain7LeBron James6– Elias Sports Bureau”The stepback 3s — he’s perfected that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.
Harden’s 3-point shooting has fueled his streak of scoring at least 30 points in 15 consecutive games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Elgin Baylor , Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain (five times) as the only players in NBA history to do so.
Harden is averaging 40.5 points over those 15 games.
According to Elias, the only other player who averaged at least 40 points over a 15-game stretch over the past 45 seasons was Bryant, who did it multiple times.
Tucker wants date from Harden for boxing out (0:19)PJ Tucker tells the press he wants dinner and a movie from James Harden for boxing boxing out a man and allowing Harden to grab a rebound.