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Rockets’ James Harden, Hawks’ Trae Young make historic first with 40-point triple-doubles


Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets both produced 40-point triple-doubles on Wednesday night as the Rockets defeated the Hawks by a final score of 122 to 115.

According to Justin Kubatko of Statmuse, those dueling 40-point trip-dubs marked the first time that two players in the same game achieved such a feat.

Also, Trae Young’s 40-pointer trip-dub was the first in Hawks franchise history:

Despite being only in his second season, Young’s triple-double was actually slightly more impressive. He achieved his 42 points on 30 shooting possessions, whereas it took Harden 34 – of which he only shot 26.5 percent on (9 of 34). Young was inefficient (11 of 30 for 36.7 percent), but his percentages were far better than Harden’s.

Beyond that, Young had 3 more rebounds (13 vs. 10) and only logged 3 turnovers in the game versus Harden’s whopping 8. Harden shot only 20 percent from downtown (4 of 20), while Young shot 4 of 11 (36.4 percent).

Of course, while Young might’ve won the battle, Harden won the war as his team pulled out a victory behind a monumental first quarter in which the Rockets outscored Atlanta by a huge 45 to 29 margin. The Hawks fought back hard, most of which thanks to Young, who was a +4 in his 38 minutes of playing time.

Spearheading the Hawks’ comeback attempt, Young notched 14 of his 42 points in the 4th quarter and helped his team outscore the Rockets 30 to 23 in the game’s final frame.