Harden Scores 60 In Blow Out Win Over Hawks

Fourth 60-point game of Harden's career

Adam Spolane
November 30, 2019 - 10:34 pm

Photo by Erik Williams/USA Today

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Behind the fourth 60-point game of James Harden's career, the Rockets hammered the Atlanta Hawks 158-111 Saturday night at Toyota Center.

Harden played just three quarters and shot 16-of-24 from the field, 8-of-14 from three-point range, and 20-of-23 from the free throw line while dishing out eight assists. The 24 field goal attempts are the fewest in a 60-point game in NBA history.

The Rockets guard finished with 13 points in a first quarter that saw the Rockets lead 38-21 when it ended. He scored 18 of the Rockets 45 points in the second quarter as they took an 81-52 lead into the locker room. In scoring 29 points in the third quartetr, Harden made six field goals and 14 free throws. He hit the 60-point mark after making all three free throws following a foul on Evan Turner with 11.5 seconds left, and tried to bank home a three at the buzzer, which would've given him his career-high which is the Rockets franchise record.

Houston led 127-73 after thre quarter and the advantage never dropped below 42 in the fourth.

Ben McLemore scored 24 points for the Rockets who improve to 13-6 on the season, while Russell Westbrook added 15 points on 11 shots. 

Houston won despite playing without Clint Capela and Danuel House, who missed the game due to an illness.

Trae Young's 37 points led the Hawks. 

The Rockets will be in action again Tuesday night when they play at the San Antonio Spurs.