Houston Rockets James Harden Scores 60 points in 31 minutes!
That is right, we said, James Harden Scores 60 points in 31 minutes! On Saturday night Harden scored a season-high 60 points in 3 quarters. Read on…
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CelebNSports247.com reports James Harden’s performance on Saturday night was enough to make even those who see him put up gaudy numbers show that he is a force to be reckoned with.
The final score was an insane 158-111 as the Rockets beat the Atlanta Hawks. This was their 10th straight loss this season.
James Harden joins Klay Thompson and Kobe Bryant as the only players in the past 25 seasons to hit 60 points in just three quarters.
Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said:
It’s like everything else he does — unbelievable!
Teammate Austin Rivers said:
What he’s doing has not been seen. My man had 60 and didn’t play the fourth quarter. Name another player who could do that right now.
It was Harden’s fourth career 60-point game, tying him with Michael Jordan for third-most in NBA history, trailing only Kobe Bryant (six) and Wilt Chamberlain (32). Harden is the only active player who has scored 60 points more than once.
Harden exited with the Rockets up 127-73 at the end of three, having gone 16-of-24 from the field, 8-of-14 from 3-point range and 20-of-23 from the free-throw line in just 31 minutes. His 24 shot attempts are the fewest ever in a 60-point game in NBA history, according to ESPN
Harden came one point shy of matching his career-high and franchise-record on a night he made eight 3-pointers and 20 free throws.
James opened his mouth wide in fake shock as if to say “I was so close,” before smiling broadly.
Yeah, I was playing with the fans a little, but honestly I didn’t know. But we played a really good game those first three quarters, so it was an opportunity for other guys to play minutes that they’ve earned.
Overall, James is one of the best players in the NBA and people NEED to recognize it!