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James Harden Sets NBA Single-Game Playoff Record with 13 Turnovers

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 29, 2015

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets looks on in the second half against the Golden State Warriors during game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden had a rough night in Wednesday's series-ending Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors, setting an NBA single-game playoff record with 13 turnovers, per Sports Illustrated.

With the Rockets down 3-1 in the series and trying to send things back to Oakland for Game 6, Harden turned in his worst performance of the 2015 playoffs, making just two of his 11 field-goal attempts to finish with 14 points, his lowest total of the postseason.

He did have six rebounds, five assists and three steals, but with nearly as many turnovers as points, it's no surprise that his Rockets fell by a score of 104-90.

Prior to Wednesday, no player (since at least 1985-86) had committed more than 10 turnovers in a single playoff game, with Harden, LeBron James (twice), Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Penny Hardaway and Kevin Johnson the only ones to reach that mark, per Basketball-Reference.com's play index.

Harden previously had 10 turnovers in a playoff game back in 2013, when his Rockets managed to beat his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in spite of the record-tying performance.

Duncan is the only other player to turn the ball over 10 times in a playoff victory, having accomplished the same feat in 2002 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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