James Harden breaks another NBA record, targets No. 1 seed | NBA

James Harden set his sights on the Houston Rockets incomes the No. 1 seed within the Western Convention after his sensational season continued with one other NBA document.

Taking part in 29 minutes, 34 seconds Friday towards the Cavaliers, Harden turned the primary participant in NBA historical past to attain a 40-point triple-double in fewer than 30 minutes.

Harden had 43 factors, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in a efficiency that included eight 3-pointers, because the rampant Rockets routed Cleveland 141-113 with their MVP candidate capable of watch from the bench for the entire fourth quarter after one other wonderful feat.

The Rockets had been 14th within the Western Convention initially of final month however have gained 13 of 16 video games to maneuver to 24-17, simply 4.5 video games behind the first-placed Nuggets. Their 141 factors scored had been a season excessive.

“It feels nice, and I believe we have all had that at the back of our thoughts,” Harden stated of the No. 1 seed, which the Rockets attained final season en path to the Western Convention Finals.

“It was only a far attain earlier within the season. Now it is fairly shut,” he stated. “We have simply bought to proceed to do what we have been doing. Taking part in nicely, caring for alternatives like this. Simply proceed to get higher, try to get higher.

“The West is hard, each single evening, so it feels good to have video games like this. We did an ideal job from high to backside. 

“My shot was falling, I used to be attending to the basket and taking what the protection provides me.”

It was Harden’s fourth 40-point triple-double of the season – the remainder of the NBA mixed has one (recorded by the Wizards’ Bradley Beal). 

He additionally has at the least 5 3-pointers in 12 straight video games, a document comfortably topping the earlier longest streak of seven (Stephen Curry), whereas his run of scoring 30 or extra factors now sits at 15 video games.

Requested if he can recognize the historic scale of his latest accomplishments, Harden stated: “Nope. I haven’t got time to take a seat again and loosen up. I’ve bought to maintain pushing, hold going.”

Harden, who was labelled “an unbelievable participant” by coach Mike D’Antoni, owed due to teammate P.J. Tucker, who boxed out Ante Zizic to permit him to say his 10th rebound and his place within the historical past books with 82 seconds left within the third quarter.

“Dinner, films. I would like a date!” Tucker joked.

However a laughing Harden replied: “I took P.J. to dinner, films, Europe. I take P.J. in all places with me. He will get sufficient already!”

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