Harden Eclipses 20,000 Point Mark In Win Over Wolves

James Harden becomes the 45th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points

Adam Spolane
January 11, 2020 - 8:03 pm

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- James Harden scored xx points and in the process became the 45th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points in the Rockets 139-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday at Toyota Center. 

Harden hit the magic number when he connected on a step-back three-pointer with 6:30 left in the second quarter. He needed the seventh youngest player to hit the 20,000 point mark and needed the 17th fewest games. On Saturday, Harden shot 8-of-17 from the floor while adding 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Rockets improved to 26-12 on the season.

Houston won despite not having Clint Capela, who missed the game due to a sore right heel, and P.J. Tucker left the game in the first quarter thanks to an illegal screen set by Gorgui Dieng, but without those two, Russell Westbrook gave the Rockets 30 points and 10 assists, while Isaiah Hartenstein chipped in 17 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and two steals.

The first quarter featured 12 lead changes and two ties, but Westbrook's three-pointer with 10 seconds left put the Rockets up 22-20. Jarrett Culver's cutting layup on the Wolves first possession of the second quarter tied the game, but the Rockets took command of the game with a 14-4 run capped by a Ben McLemore layup. Despite committing 16 turnovers in the first half, the Rockets built the lead to as many as 18 and led 57-41 at the break. Minnesota never got closer after halftime with the Rockets advantage getting as high as 41.

Josh Okogie's 16 points led a Wolves team that shot just 38 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers. 

The Rockets will be in action again Tuesday night when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies.