The Houston Rockets’ James Harden just broke Calvin Murphy’s 40-year old record for most points in franchise history with 60 points in their game versus the Orlando Magic Tuesday night. The Rockets celebrated with a 114-107 win against the Magic.
Harden scored his 60th point at the free-throw line after making a 3-pointer and was fouled with 45.4 seconds to go. Murphy was in the stands imploring the All-Star guard to keep shooting the ball.
After Harden broke the record, Murphy was seen standing, cheering, and applauding Harden when he made the 3-pointer
Harden got it. Breaks Calvin Murphy's record, has 60 points with 45 seconds to go.
Murphy on his feet and cheering. Love it. https://t.co/jeOJeHu6oo
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 31, 2018
Additionally, Harden broke his own career high in points when he scored 56 in November against the Utah Jazz. Murphy previously held the Rockets’ franchise record for points with 57 versus the New Jersey Nets on March 18, 1978.
Harden has the first and only triple-double while scoring 60 points as he added 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the game. He had no choice but to bulldoze his way into NBA history as the Rockets were already missing Chris Paul (out with a groin injury), Trevor Ariza (nursing a hamstring injury), and also Eric Gordon, who exited the game early after experiencing tightness in his lower back.
A performance such as this one only bolsters the All-Star shooting guard’s bid for this season’s MVP award after finishing second a couple of times in the past.
Harden is averaging a league-leading 30.9 points per game with 9.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.8 steals nightly. He is shooting 38.7 percent from 3-point range.
The Rockets are currently in second place in the NBA Standings at 36-13, just three and a half games behind the Golden State Warriors who have a 40-10 record.