James Harden becomes first player since Michael Jordan to record unique triple-double
Houston Rockets star guard James Harden has gotten off to a blazing start to the 2017-18 season that has thrust him into the early MVP conversation.
Harden added another impressive outing to the list by dropping a triple-double of 35 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds along with five steals. According to ESPN, he has joined Hall of Famer Michael Jordan for an impressive mark.
In the last 30 seasons, two players have recorded 35 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and 5 steals in a game.
Michael Jordan in 1989 and James Harden tonight. pic.twitter.com/TQbrfQDtND
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 10, 2017
The 28-year-old has been on a hot offensive start through the first 11 games notching at least 20 points and two 3-pointers in each contest with six double-doubles and a pair of triple-doubles in the process. This includes setting the Rockets’ franchise record with 56 points against Utah Jazz on Nov. 5.
Harden has also scored 30 or more points and 10 or more assists in three out of the last four games. What has been most encouraging is that these efforts have come in wins for the Rockets, who currently sit atop of the Western Conference standings at an 8-3 record.
He has continued to take up a larger role in the absence of All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who has missed the last couple of weeks due to a sore knee. Until Paul makes his return to the court in a couple of weeks, a few more huge performances from Harden could be in store.