The Los Angeles Lakers won't forget about James Harden anytime soon.
In 35 minutes of action, the reigning MVP led the Houston Rockets to a commanding 126-111 victory over the Lakers on Friday with 50 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Harden made some history in doing so.
James Harden posted his 4th career 50-point triple-double, breaking a tie with Russell Westbrook for most in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor (2 each) are the only other players with multiple career 50-pt triple-doubles.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 14, 2018
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Harden got to 50 points on 14-for-26 shooting from the field, 4-for-12 from 3-point range and 18-for-19 from the free throw line.
Harden got the game started with 13 points in the first quarter, two of which came on a huge dunk on Lakers centre JaVale McGee.
James Harden begins @NBAonTNT action with AUTHORITY! 💪 pic.twitter.com/zJ3DKw0pkG- NBA (@NBA) December 14, 2018
Harden then scored six points in the second quarter, 14 in the third and 17 in the fourth.
Harden iced the game with a huge 3-pointer over LeBron James, who did his best to will the Lakers to victory with 29 points, five rebounds and four assists.
13 Over 23 🔥#MVP With 46! pic.twitter.com/eyXJluo803- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 14, 2018
With the win, the Rockets are now 13-14 on the season.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are 17-11.