James Harden had another monster game on Sunday.
The reigning MVP carried the Houston Rockets to a 119-108 win over the Sacramento Kings with 50 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Harden got to those numbers shooting 13-for-31 from the field, 7-for-23 from the 3-point line and 17-for-18 from the free throw line while committing only three turnovers.
With the win, the Rockets have the third-best record in the Western Conference with only a handful of games remaining in the regular season.
Harden now has five career games in which he has scored 50 points and finished with a triple-double, the most in NBA history. According to Basketball Reference, Russell Westbrook (3), Elgin Baylor (2) and Wilt Chamberlain (2) are the only other players who have done it multiple times. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Richie Guerin, meanwhile, have one such game each.
Harden has two 50-point triple-doubles this season alone. His first came in December, when he posted 50 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
|Dec. 31, 2016||Knicks||W||42||53||17||16||14-26||9-16||16-18|
|Jan. 27, 2017||76ers||W||39||51||13||13||16-28||6-11||13-14|
|Jan. 30, 2018||Magic||W||46||60||11||10||19-30||5-14||17-18|
|Dec. 13, 2018||Lakers||W||35||50||11||10||14-26||4-12||18-19|
|March 30, 2018||Kings||W||37||50||10||11||13-31||7-23||17-18|
Harden also now has 18 career 50-point games, the fourth-most in NBA history behind only Wilt Chamberlain (118), Michael Jordan (31) and Kobe Bryant (25).
Harden entered Sunday's contest averaging 36.2 points per game on the season.