James Harden scored a record 40 points triple-double in less than 30 minutes in Houston Rockets’ astonishing 141-113 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Toyota Center. It was his third 40-point triple-double in the past six games.
Harden netted 43 points and made 12 assists and 10 rebounds to become the first player to do so in the history of the NBA. His 10th rebound of the night came with 1 minute, 22 seconds left in the third quarter. With 12 40-point triple-doubles, he ranked second behind Oscar Robertson's 22.
The achievement was also Harden’s 41st career triple-double. The reigning MVP has an average of 40.5 points over 15 games. The only other player who averaged at least 40 points over a 15-game stretch over the past 45 seasons was Kobe Bryant.
For the Cavaliers, Ante Zizic came off the bench to score a career high 18 with eight rebounds and two steals in his 24-minute appearance.
The electrifying night also put as the Rockets in the frontier as beat their own record by making 14 of 27 3-pointers in the first half. Their previous record was 26 3-pointers against the Wizards in last December.
The Rockets have won 12 of 15 games to improve to 24-17 at the sixth place in the Western Conference standings.