James Harden Breaks NBA Single-Season Turnover Record

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 08:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets questions an officials call at Toyota Center on March 8, 2017 in Houston, Texas. 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 the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Even if his MVP bid ultimately falls short this year, Houston Rockets star James Harden already made history.

With six turnovers Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz, Harden brought his 2016-17 total to 376, surpassing the NBA single-season turnover record (374), which he set last year, per Basketball Reference.

StatMuse and 120 Sports reacted to Harden's record-breaking feat:

StatMuse @statmuse

James Harden has been stirring the pot and baking some turnovers for two straight seasons https://t.co/k3qnEHWwcr

Stadium @WatchStadium

James Harden breaks his own NBA single-season turnovers record (374) set last season. The Rockets have 17 more games to play... https://t.co/VJOLynKoDx

His turnover issues aren't entirely surprising, especially after head coach Mike D'Antoni's arrival in Houston. Harden's role has evolved under D'Antoni to the extent he entered Wednesday as the league leader in assists (11.3 per game).

Having Harden, who had never played point guard before this year, run the offense comes at a cost, though, as evidenced by his high volume of turnovers. Throw in the fact the five-time All-Star has played more minutes than any other player (2,335), and it creates a perfect storm leading to Harden again etching his name in the history books.

The MVP race between him and Russell Westbrook will go down to the wire, and it speaks to Harden's level of performance that he's neck and neck with a player who's averaging a triple-double. Whether or not he brings home the award,Β the turnover record will only be a footnote in Harden's otherwise excellent 2016-17 campaign.


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