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Harden records NBA's first 60-point triple-double

Harden's 60 breaks the 57 points that Rockets' legend Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to set a new single-game scoring record for the franchise.


Kahron Spearman


Houston Rockets guard James Harden became the first player in NBA history to net a 60-point triple-double in the Rockets' 114-107 home win over the Orlando Magic.

Harden put up 18 points in the fourth quarter, eclipsing the 57 points that Rockets' legend and Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to set a new Houston's single-game scoring record.

It's a good feeling, I guess,. Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can. Whether it's scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, whatever it is. And tonight, I guess I was doing everything.'

James Harden
Guard, Houston Rockets

Harden also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists, playing a career-high 46 minutes and 26 seconds. 

He was thrust into a position to score as much as possible after Eric Gordon went out with a strained back. Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza were already out due to injury. 

"I looked at Coach and said, 'Eric can't go,''' Harden said to reporters after the game. "He said go get 'em. And after that, I didn't come out of the game.''

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