HOUSTON — Because the ball bounced off the rim and caromed proper to him, Houston Rockets ahead PJ Tucker deliberately obtained out of the best way, screening out Cleveland Cavaliers middle Ante Zizic and basically gift-wrapping the rebound for James Harden.

It was Harden’s 10th rebound of the evening, clinching the reigning MVP’s third 40-point triple-double previously six video games with 1 minute, 22 seconds remaining within the third quarter.

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The tip of the interval was a deadline of kinds due to the lopsided rating, contemplating coach Mike D’Antoni had knowledgeable Harden that he would sit out the fourth quarter of the 141-113 rout Friday evening.

It was a historic second.

In accordance to the Elias Sports activities Bureau, Harden grew to become the primary participant in NBA historical past to report a 40-point triple-double whereas taking part in fewer than 30 minutes, as he completed with 43 factors, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 29:34.

Tucker joked that Harden owed him “a date” due to his sacrifice, kidding that he needed dinner and a film.

“I take PJ to dinner, motion pictures, Europe,” Harden mentioned, smiling. “I take PJ in all places with me. He will get sufficient already.”



James Harden information a triple-double with 43 factors, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 140-113 rout of the Cavs.

That specific play was clearly an instance of the Rockets being conscious of a statistical milestone for Harden, who has 4 40-point triple-doubles this season, whereas the remainder of the NBA has mixed for one, by Washington’s Bradley Beal in a triple-overtime victory over the Suns.

Harden has gathered many historic statistical milestones just lately whereas within the midst of one of the most effective offensive stretches the league has seen. Harden, who was 12-of-24 from the ground, Eight-of-16 from Three-point vary and 11-of-11 from the road towards the Cavs, has made not less than 5 Three-pointers in 12 consecutive video games.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry had the earlier longest streak of outings with not less than 5 made 3s at seven video games.

Participant No. of Occasions
Oscar Robertson 22
James Harden 12
Russell Westbrook 11
Wilt Chamberlain 7
LeBron James 6
— Elias Sports activities Bureau

“The stepback 3s — he is perfected that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni mentioned. “He is obtained 16 3s [attempted] they usually’re all stepbacks. I do not understand how he does it. He is in an area about [a foot wide], everyone is aware of what he is doing and he nonetheless will get them off. They don’t seem to be like they’re compelled. He is simply an unbelievable participant.”

Harden’s Three-point capturing has fueled his streak of scoring not less than 30 factors in 15 consecutive video games, becoming a member of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain (5 occasions) as the one gamers in NBA historical past to achieve this.

That included a run of 5 straight 40-point performances, matching the third-longest such streak previously 50 years. Harden is averaging 40.5 factors over these 15 video games. In accordance to Elias, the one different participant who averaged not less than 40 factors over a 15-game stretch over the previous 45 seasons was Bryant, who did it a number of occasions.

Most vital to Harden, the Rockets have won 12 of 15 video games to enhance to 24-17, vaulting from second-to-last place within the Western Convention standings to the center of the playoff image, solely 4½ video games out of Houston’s purpose of first place.

With profitable as his main focus, Harden mentioned he is not in a position to admire the historic context of his manufacturing at this level.

“Nah. Nah. Nope,” mentioned Harden, whose 12 40-point triple-doubles ranks second behind Oscar Robertson’s 22 in NBA historical past. “I haven’t got time to sit again and chill out. I’ve obtained to maintain pushing, maintain going.”

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