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Harden makes history
February 01, 2018
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Los Angeles: James Harden became the first player in NBA history to record a 60-point triple double as the short-handed Houston Rockets defeated the Orlando Magic 114-107 on Tuesday night.

The 60 points were also a franchise single game record as he surpassed Calvin Murphy, who scored 57 points in 1978. Murphy was in attendance at the game as a member of the Rockets’ Root Sports television broadcasting crew.

He reached the 60-point milestone with a four-point play, stepping back and draining a three pointer while being fouled by Mario Hezonja. Harden then made the free throw as the crowd rose to its feet. Murphy smiled and clapped as his scoring mark fell by the wayside.

“Tonight I was ultra aggressive,” said Harden. “I was in attack mode.”

Harden collected his 10th rebound just moments later to earn his third triple double this season. He made 17 of 18 free throws and was 19 of 30 from the field with five baskets from beyond the arc. He also had four steals and one block.

Harden scored 18 points in the final quarter to record his ninth career 50-point game.

“I was so locked in and focused on how I could impact the game. Even the coach talking, I couldn’t hear him at all,” Harden said.

“It feels like any other nba game other than I was trying to put the team on my back. “I was just aggressive. It was a much needed win for us.”

NBA players took to social media to congratulate Harden.

“C’mon @JHarden13!!! Now that’s insane G! 60 point Triple Dub. Sheesh!!” wrote Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James.

Agence France-Presse

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