Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

James Harden's fourth 50-point triple-double carries Houston Rockets to victory

James Harden's fourth 50-point triple-double carries Houston Rockets to victory

Harden's performance, which included 10 rebounds and 11 assists on 14-of-26 shooting from the field, gave him his fourth career 50-point triple-double, equalling the record held by Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Vucevic shot 11 for 21 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin added 15 points for the Magic. He has produced four of the 13 50-point triple-doubles ever recorded in the league. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting.

"You can't touch them", Ball said, expressing extra indignation at the two times Josh Hart was called for a foul while Harden was attempting a 3-pointer.

The Lakers sabotaged themselves to prove a point.

James Harden had himself a monster game against the Lakers.

The Rockets set several screens to make sure Harden had a chance to get to 50 on a floater in the final minute.

"You play 45, 46 minutes, it's hard on anybody in this league", said Harden. Harden did what great players do and put the team on his back. He officially surpassed Kobe Bryant on the No.1 list last night against the Suns, who spoiled his fantastic landmark with their win, 99-89. Players protested the barrage of fouls by playing hands-free defense for a couple of possessions in the third quarter.

Early in the National Basketball Association (NBA) home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, he sped past Lonzo Ball, dashed down the lane and threw down a massive dunk over JaVale McGee and left the centre sprawling across the floor.

When asked about his frustrations and why he and teammates chose this method of protest, James said this to reporters: "Just trying to defend without fouling". However, there wasn't a lot of support from the rest of the players and with James having an off day, it was yet another loss for the Lakers who are now in 5th place on the points table with 17 wins and 10 losses.

Why would James try that on Chris Paul, who he knows can drive to the basket at will?

James Harden stepped into the arena with swag on Thursday and backed it up on the court.

"You can't put him on the line", the Lakers forward said.

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