James Harden's sizzling scoring form is showing no signs of slowing down after pouring in a season-high 60 points in just three quarters of action against the Atlanta Hawks in their 158-111 win.
He played just 31 minutes of the game and fell one point shy of his career-high points haul of 61 points, which he has achieved twice.
The Rockets were up 127-73 after three quarters, and Harden surely would have obliterated his career-high if it wasn't such a blowout. Harden is the only active player who has scored 60 points a couple of times.
"It's like everything else he does - unbelievable", coach Mike D'Antoni said. His 18 points in the second quarter led the Rockets to a 81-52 edge at halftime.
Trae Young led the Hawks with 37 points and seven assists on 10-of-16 from the field.
"I can't do that, I couldn't, you guys would kill me if I did that and he got hurt", he said.
As good as Harden was in the first two quarters, it was nothing compared to how he dominated in the third quarter.
Harden made three 3-pointers and was fouled on 3-point attempts three other times in that stretch. "Harden!" midway through the fourth quarter from a few fans who hoped to see Harden come back into the game to make Rockets history. Atlanta made 15 of 46-pointers.
Asked if he considered leaving Harden in the game, D'Antoni said it was never an option.
Harden has been averaging 38.9 points, 7.8 assists and 5.9 rebounds this season so far.
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