SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was another vintage triple-double game for James Harden. The only number the Houston Rockets superstar seemed concerned about, though, was 54 — the number of wins the Rockets have this season.
Harden had 35 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds, leading the Rockets to a 135-128 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. It was the 21st triple-double this season for Harden, second behind Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who broke Oscar Robertson’s 56-year record with his 42nd in a victory over Denver.
Harden has scored 30 or more points and had double-digit assists in 29 games. In this one, he toyed with the Kings’ defense, making five 3-pointers and shooting 9 of 22 overall. He converted 12 of 13 free throws and played 36 minutes, departing for good with the Rockets comfortably in front late in the fourth quarter.