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:
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, the turnover record will only be a footnote in Harden's otherwise excellent 2016-17 campaign.