James Harden thought something was wrong with scoreboard seeing 90 at halftime
The return of Chris Paul into the Houston Rockets lineup spelled a complete unleashing of the beast, as the Rockets lit up the Suns 142-116, including a 90-65 differential at halftime.
Teammate James Harden couldn’t believe his eyes after seeing his team had amassed 45 points in each of the first two quarters.
“I thought there was something wrong with the score,” Harden said after the game, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.
Harden was sizzling through the first half, putting up 33 points and knocking down 9-of-12 from the field, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.
His 23 points in the second quarter tied Yao Ming for second most in Rockets history, as Vernon “Mad Max” Maxwell had 30 in the fourth quarter of an unforgettable 51-point outing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1991.
Harden cooled off considerably through the rest of the game, finishing with 48 points — his second highest output of this season after a 56-point masterpiece against the Utah Jazz earlier this month.
The Beard had averaged 26.1 points in the first eight games of the season, and he’s now averaged 37.6 points and 10.9 assists in the past eight (h/t Feigen)— a torrid pace that could prove a nightmare for opposing teams.