HOUSTON — James Harden set a profession excessive with 56 factors in a spectacular capturing show within the Houston Rockets’ 137-110 win Sunday over the Utah Jazz.
Harden was 19-of-25 capturing, together with 7-of-Eight from Three-point vary. He additionally recorded 13 badists, accounting for a complete of 91 factors.
Harden’s 56 factors marked the second-most in a single recreation in Rockets franchise historical past, behind solely Calvin Murphy, who poured in 57 throughout the 1977-78 season.
A Jazz protection that ranks among the many league’s stingiest was shredded by Harden, who was spectacularly environment friendly capturing off the dribble. Harden made his first 10 pictures from the ground. He was 19-of-22 earlier than lacking his last three makes an attempt and testing to a standing ovation from the Toyota Center crowd with 7 minutes, 32 seconds remaining within the recreation.
It was the sixth 50-plus-point efficiency by Harden, all coming over the previous 4 seasons. He eclipsed his earlier career-best complete of 53 factors by the top of the third quarter, which he completed with a driving layup within the final second.
Harden, final season’s MVP runner-up, had 22 factors on Eight-of-Eight capturing within the first quarter. He hit a pair of Three-pointers within the last 9 seconds of the body, crouching for a number of seconds after hitting a pull-up Three over Jazz level guard Ricky Rubio to beat the end-of-quarter buzzer.
Before Harden, the one participant to drop 50 in a recreation for coach Mike D’Antoni was Amar’e Stoudemire, who completed with 50 factors as a member of the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 2, 2005, in opposition to the Washington Wizards.