Thursday, 12 December, 2019

James Harden scores 60 points in 31 minutes

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Cary Erickson | 04 December, 2019, 16:14

The Houston Rockets star erupted for 60 points in just three quarters of work during a 158-111 blowout of the lowly Hawks.

Harden poured in 13 points in the first quarter, helping the Rockets to a 38-21 advantage.

The Houston Rockets superstar single-handedly ripped the heart out of the Atlanta Hawks as he did as he pleased offensively through three quarters.

His effort against the Hawks came on an efficient 16-of-24 from the field, 8-of-14 from the three-point line and 20-of-23, with his 24 field goal attempts the fewest ever in a 60-point game, surpassing Karl Malone.

The performance by Clemons tied his second-highest scoring night of the season as he also scored 16 points on November 3 against the Miami Heat.

Another game played by the Houston Rockets and another fantastic performance by James Harden.

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The outburst put him in rare company as he joined Michael Jordan with his fourth 60 point game of his career, now sitting just two games behind Kobe Bryant in second place overall.

Trae Young led the Hawks with 37 points and seven assists on 10-of-16 from the field. Harden also had eight assists, three rebounds and three steals in the victory. Saturday was the twentieth 50-point game of Harden's career, which is the fourth most in the history of the National Basketball Association and eight more than any other active player.

Klay Thompson scored 60 points in three quarters with the Golden State Warriors in 2016 and Kobe Bryant scored 62 with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005.

The first half, by Harden's standards, was relatively innocuous.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points but his double-double streak ended at 19 games when he grabbed nine rebounds while playing only 20 minutes as Milwaukee coasted over Charlotte.

"I was so close", he said, laughing. The Bucks held a 17-point halftime lead and extended it to 101-75 entering the fourth quarter, allowing the reigning MVP to sit out the final period.