James Harden posts another solid performance for the Rockets

There have been 9 50-point triple-doubles within the historical past of the NBA, and Rockets guard James Harden has posted two of them inside 28 days of one another. The Sixers simply occurred to be on the improper finish of his newest masterpiece.

Harden set a report on the Wells Fargo Middle on Friday evening, changing into the primary ever participant to report a number of 50-point triple-doubles, in response to ESPN Stats & Data. The five-time All-Star completed with 51 factors, 13 rebounds and 13 assists, carrying the Rockets to a 123-118 victory over the Sixers within the course of.

“Tonight was me simply scoring the basketball, being aggressive,” Harden mentioned. “They have been doing a extremely good job of not leaving our shooters, and so I needed to make performs.”

The Sixers and Rockets have been tied at 61 apiece at halftime, with Harden already properly on his solution to a triple-double, however sitting on solely 15 factors. That is when he apparently determined to take issues into his personal palms, scoring 19 within the third quarter and 17 within the fourth to assist safe a win.

“We made some changes at halftime,” Harden mentioned. “We needed to play a bit tougher and we acquired some pictures to fall, so we gave ourselves some cushion going into the fourth quarter.”

The Rockets constructed a 12-point lead heading into the ultimate interval, however with Harden on the bench, the Sixers reduce it to 4 in only one minute and 13 seconds of motion.

It was going to take all the pieces Harden and the Rockets needed to fend off a Sixers squad that refused to go quietly — and he was relying on that.