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James Harden becomes first to log 40-point triple-double with 10 or more turnovers

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Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle

The Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to eight games on Sunday with a road win against the Toronto Raptors led by James Harden‘s 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. However, his performance was more than just notching his 10th triple-double of the season.

Harden also committed 10 turnovers which made him the first player ever to post a 40-point triple-double with 10 or more errors in a game since it became an official statistic in the 1977-1978 season.

Despite the unwanted record, it was not all bad news for The Beard as he is now just the third-player since the NBA and ABA’s merger to record multiple 40-point triple-doubles in a season joining Russell Westbrook and Michael Jordan.

If there’s one thing certain, the Houston faithful will definitely not mind him committing a lot of turnovers as long as their team keeps on winning. His effort on Sunday also increased his season average to 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 11.8 assists. More importantly, the Rockets are now 30-9 for the season as they close in on the San Antonio Spurs who are ranked second in the Western Conference with a 30-7 win-loss slate.

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