Keeping Score: James Harden Beats LeBron James While Equaling Michael Jordan

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James Harden of the Houston Rockets filled the box score on Thursday with 35 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds and 5 steals in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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James Harden always seems to have extra motivation when he faces off against LeBron James, but on Thursday night he not only helped his Houston Rockets beat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 117-113, but in doing so he reached a statistical achievement that had only been accomplished by one other player in the last 30 years: Michael Jordan.

Harden’s final line for the night included 35 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. The last player to have at least 35-10-10-5 in a game was Jordan, who did it in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers in January 1989. Assists and steals have only been official statistics since the 1983-4 season, but going back that far adds just two more players that have accomplished the feat: Terry Cummings of the Milwaukee Bucks in January 1987 and Micheal Ray Richardson of the Nets in October of 1985.

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