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James Harden Has Sixth Triple Double Of Season In Rockets Win

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  • James Harden Has Sixth Triple Double Of Season In Rockets Win

    Harden has triple-double to lead Rockets over Cavs 141-113

    HOUSTON -- James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in 29 minutes -- the first player in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double in less than 30 minutes played -- to lead the Houston Rockets to a 141-113 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for their eighth win in 11 games.

    It's Harden's 15th straight game with at least 30 points, his franchise-record 13th game with 40 points this season and the seventh in the last nine games as he has carried the team with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon out with injuries

    Harden needed less than 2 1/2 quarters to reach 30 points on Friday night, hitting a 3 with 7:41 left in the third to give him 32 points and push Houston's lead 91-58. He joins Kobe Bryant (16 games in 2003) as the only players to score 30 points in at least 15 games in a row since the 1972-73 season.

    About three minutes later, he pushed his total to 40 after he was left wide open to drive into the lane for an easy layup to make it 99-68. Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with about 90 seconds left in the third quarter to give him his sixth triple-double this season and the 41st of his career.

    Harden played just 29 minutes and 34 seconds, and made eight 3-pointers to extend his NBA record to 12 games in a row with at least five.