Harden joins Jordan for third most 60 point games in NBA history

Carrie Guzman
December 4, 2019

In yesterday's blowout win against the Atlanta Hawks, Harden scored 60 points in just 31 minutes.

Harden had 29 points in the third quarter in his huge performance.

The Houston Rockets superstar single-handedly ripped the heart out of the Atlanta Hawks as he did as he pleased offensively through three quarters. He was 16 for 24 from the field, hitting 8 threes in 14 attempts. Simmons was a ideal 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to finish the game with 15 points, 13 assists and six rebounds.

"Harden!" in the middle of the fourth quarter of fans waiting to see Harden return to make history of the Rockets.

Young's performance was not enough to offset Harden's eight 3-pointers and 20 free throws.

As good as the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player was in the first two quarters, it was nothing compared with how he dominated in the third period.

Hawks' De'Andre Hunter put up 14 points with five rebounds and one assist, but the Rockets had weapons in players like Ben McLemore who scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds and an assist.

For what its worth, Harden is also the fourth player to score 50 or more points on 20 different occasions, trailing Chamberlain (118), Jordan (31) and Kobe Bryant (25). He is also the only active player who has scored 60 points a couple of times.

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Harden looked at the screen, read the note and pointed at it while opening his mouth as if saying: "I was so close", before smiling broadly.

There were a few half-hearted chants of: "Harden!"

D'Antoni said he hopes both players can return on Tuesday night.

Asked if he considered leaving Harden in the game, D'Antoni said it was never an option.

Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points as the Milwaukee Bucks breezed to their 11th consecutive victory with a 137-96 rout of the Charlotte Hornets.

Sacramento trailed by 17 at halftime and didn't lead until Barnes made a jumper early in overtime.

"I should have left him in", Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said with a wry smile. "We're trying to have conversations with him about being healthy and fresh and how important that is. He steals all the rebounds".

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