Rockets star James Harden becomes sixth player in history with multiple 30-point triple-doubles in playoffs
Harden finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to propel the Rockets to a 118-98 win over the Jazz in Game 2 of their first round playoff series. Remarkably, his monster performance puts him in an elite company, as only five players before Harden have recorded multiple 30-point triple-doubles in the playoffs.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Harden joins the likes of Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook as the only players to achieve the rare statistical feat.
James Harden just joined this club of players who have had multiple 30-point playoff triple-doubles (via @bball_ref): Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James, Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 18, 2019
James Harden has a total of three playoff triple-doubles in his career. His latest display is his second 30-point triple-double of the postseason, with his first one coming all the way back in the second round of the 2017 playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs. During that game, The Beard recorded 33 points, 10 boards and 10 assists in a losing effort.
Harden has been on a tear offensively this campaign. While he only had seven triple-doubles in 78 regular season games this year, he is still widely considered as one of the most all-around players in the NBA.
The 29-year-old guard averaged a league-leading 36.1 points on top of 6.1 rebounds and 7.5 assists this 2018-19 season.