Houston Rockets' All-Star guard James Harden is talented enough to get buckets from anywhere on the floor and pile up points anytime he wants. Also, as it turns out if you want him to suddenly drop a huge amount of points, all you need to do is ask.
Former Rocket Bobby Brown did just that days ago. Prior to the historical performance Tuesday night, he sent a text Harden, requesting to unload some numbers on the visiting Orlando Magic — 60 to be exact.
Brown posted their exchange on an Instagram story last night. Matt Young of Chron.com then shared the screenshot on his column.
“Get 60 tonight, it's bout that time,” Brown said. To which Harden replied “Right !!!”
The rest, as they say, is history. Harden had a night for the ages, as he recorded the first-ever 60-point triple-double in NBA history with 60 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. It was his sixth game with 50 or more points since last season, and it's also reminiscent of the similarly-insane type of production he had 13 months prior, where he tallied a 53-16-17 stat line.
The way the feat was achieved was also fun to watch. Harden reached 60 points via completing a crucial 4-point play late in the fourth quarter, and he got triple triple-double-clinching 10th rebound with only 38 seconds left. All are an added bonus to the entertaining back-and-forth that the Rockets won, 115-107.
Brown is an NBA journeyman who played for the Rockets from 2016 to 2018 (got waived back on January 5th). He and Harden grew up together in Southern California, and it appears that he has a switch to further heat up the Rockets star.