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James Harden 1st Player with 2,000 Points, 900 Assists, 600 Rebounds in a Season

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets rebounds the ball during the second  half of a game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on April 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, 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 the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in a season Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves

Harden carved out a place in NBA history with a late first-quarter dime to Nene that put the Rockets up 33-32, as the league's official Twitter account documented: 

NBA @NBA

With this dish, James Harden is now the first player in @NBAHistory with 2,000 points, 900 assists & 600 rebounds in a single season. https://t.co/Lsxxb74KnN

It's been a record-setting kind of season for Harden, who has entered rarified air throughout the final few weeks of the 2016-17 campaign, per SportsCenter

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

History. James Harden becomes the 1st player in NBA history to score and assist on 2,000 points each in a season. https://t.co/TEA79XRB40

The MVP candidate has also recorded the most games (seven) with at least 30 points and 15 assists in a single campaign since the start of the 1984-85 season, according to StatMuse (h/t CBSSports.com's Matt Moore). 

On top of that, Harden entered Tuesday averaging 38.4 points, 14.7 assists and 10.7 rebounds per 100 possessions. 

Those numbers won't be replicated easily in the postseason, but Harden has proved throughout his career year that he has the chops necessary to churn out historically significant numbers en route to loads of wins. 

Now headed for a first-round clash with fellow MVP front-runner Russell Westbrook, Harden will have to be at his best for the Rockets to avoid an upset at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless noted otherwise. 

 

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