How high they may rank up compared to the other legendary guards once their careers are over remains to be seen, but the two of them combined have done just as much as the rest of all NBA players in history combined.
According to a tweet on Thursday by ESPN Stats & Info, Harden and Westbrook combine to have as many games with 50-plus point triple-doubles in the regular season as the other 4,245 players in NBA history combined. Harden and Westbrook each have three apiece.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook have as many 50-point triple-doubles (6) as the other 4,245 players in NBA history COMBINED. pic.twitter.com/BaEN8nt7hJ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 1, 2018
In just the second game of the season in 2016-17 against the Phoenix Suns, Westbrook became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 (his final season with the Milwaukee Bucks) to record a 50-point triple-double.
Westbrook had three 50-point triple-doubles during that regular season, while he had one more of them against Harden and the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.
During the Rockets' 114-107 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, Harden made NBA history by becoming the first player ever to achieve a 60-point triple-double.
In a video posted by James Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Harden spoke to members of the media after his historic scoring outburst.
“I was happy that we won. It feels good. Feels really good. Just being aggressive,” Harden said. “We were down. There’s no excuse. We’ve got to figure out how to win games and compete at a high level no matter who’s on the floor.”