Houston Rockets guard James Harden put together a historic performance against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, becoming just the fourth player since 1973-74 to record at least 40 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals in one game, per the Elias Sports Bureau via NBA.com/Stats.
The NBA didn't officially track steals until the 1973-74 campaign, and since that time, only NBA legends Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Julius Erving have accomplished what Harden did Sunday.
Following a 28-point performance in Friday's blowout of the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-year pro and second-year Rocket piled up 41 points, 10 boards, six assists and six steals, while logging 47 minutes in a 118-113 overtime win over the Blazers. Harden had three points, a block, an assist and a steal in the additional period, meaning that he finished regulation with a 38-5-5-5, just out of reach of the little-known and highly exclusive 40-6-6-6 club.
Harden isn't often overshadowed on a list for a statistical accomplishment, but his name reads like a sidenote in the margins of NBA history compared to the other 40-6-6-6 men, none of whom require introduction. That Bird, Jordan and Dr. J each only accomplished the feat once is a strong indicator that the club will be waiting quite some time for its fifth member.
That said, the names "LeBron James" and "Kevin Durant" would make for a nice fit on such an exclusive list.