James Harden had a pretty eventful Sunday.
This evening, the Houston Rocket’s topped Utah’s Jazz by a margin of 7 points—a score that understates just how magnificent the match itself was as James Harden finished off the night with a career-high of 56 point on 25 shots in only 35 minutes of playing time. By the end of the third quarter, he’d already scored 52 of those points.
By the time the game was over, James Harden had seven 3-pointers from 8 attempts, nabbed the esteem of being the first player to score these many points on 25 shots or fewer since Michael Jordan’s February 26, 1987 performance against the New Jersey Nets, and even managed to pad on 13 assists on 91 points.
"I was just shooting it, I don't know," Harden casually relayed in a post-game interview. "I don't really pay too much attention to it. I just try to take good shots and, like I said, pretty much make the right decision. Obviously, I'm going to make mistakes, but as long as I have that mindset, I'll be good. I've just got to be aggressive. Be aggressive, good things happen, not just for myself but for my team. I was still able to dish off a couple of assists and get guys involved still. I've just got to have that mindset every single game."
James Harden now joins Lebron James and Russell Westbrook in being the only three players in the last 30 years of league history to scored at least 50 points and 10 assists in more than one game. Check out what Twitter was saying about James Harden’s incredible performance.
The box score I’m looking at says Harden has 56 and 13 assists in 20 minutes. Wait wait wait wait what??!— Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 6, 2017
JAMES HARDEN WITH 50 POINTS. 😱 pic.twitter.com/Q9X93oMmh9— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 6, 2017
James Harden with 56 points on 22 shots right now.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2017
James Harden: 52 points, 13 assists.— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) November 6, 2017
THROUGH THREE QUARTERS. pic.twitter.com/ONkLat8nSB
James Harden sitting on the bench during this timeout pic.twitter.com/bq5ohu2Kdb— #Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) November 6, 2017
James Harden has 52 points and 13 assists in three quarters, but he doesn't have a triple-double so he's obviously not MVP or anything.— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) November 6, 2017
James Harden: 52 points, 13 assists.— AcrossTheCourt™ (@AcrossTheCourt_) November 6, 2017
4th quarter didn’t even start yet pic.twitter.com/vKfWDWgnao
Pretty sure that what James Harden did to the Jazz in that first quarter is illegal in at least 16 states.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) November 6, 2017
I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO WAS CHECKING JAMES HARDEN???— Daron Lewis (@daronlewis_) November 6, 2017
Ngl James Harden too cold 🔥— Breezy (@1bportis) November 6, 2017
Can anyone stop James Harden man 😟 #GiveHimMVPNow!— Darnell Boat™ (@KenryAtubel) November 6, 2017
James Harden cooked up a career-high 56 points tonight. pic.twitter.com/oQUAZZWcyc— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 6, 2017
james harden as the mvp candidate is so understated— face (@godhatesweed) November 6, 2017
So James Harden put up 56 points and went 76% from the field and nobody calling him the goat? What is going on with today's NBA analysts?— @sidvicious (@LENNONEMPIRE) November 6, 2017