Harden makes history after incredible 60-point game

Tanya Simon
December 4, 2019

Mike D'Antoni's squad defeated the Hawks by 158-111 and James Harden recorded a historic night, scoring 60 points in only 31 minutes of play.

Harden joins Kobe Bryant and Klay Thompson as the only two players who have scored 60 points in the first 3 quarters.

The Rockets were ahead 127-73 after three quarters and Harden watched the entire fourth quarter from the bench.

As he continued to pour on the points, he did it at an incredibly efficient rate by going 16-24 from the field, 8-14 from three and hitting 20-23 from the free throw line.

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni described James Harden as "unbelievable" and "incredible" after a 60-point performance in the National Basketball Association on Saturday. Harden left the game after the third quarter, but only two points away from his career-high and within range of Kobe Bryant's non-Chamberlain record of 81, he seemed to want to finish the game and chase history.

In the loss, Hawks guard Trae Young put up 37 points and seven assists.

Well, three quarters of a game.

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Hawks' De'Andre Hunter put up 14 points with five rebounds and one assist, but the Rockets had weapons in players like Ben McLemore who scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds and an assist.

He is the only active player to have scored 60 points a few times and the third player in 25 seasons to have 60 points in three quarters next to Klay Thompson (2016) and Bryant (2005).

Harden's 60 points on 24 field-goal attempts during Saturday's blowout victory were the fewest of any player in National Basketball Association history to score 60.

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

"I was so close", he said, laughing. But D'Antoni kept the bearded superstar on the bench with the game well in hand.

Milwaukee (17-3) won its 11th straight game and matched its highest point total of the season.

Despite his superb performance, Antetokounmpo's double-double streak to begin the season was halted at 19 games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also had 29 for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975-76. Pretty incredible if you're being mentioned with the greats of our game.

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