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Twitter Explodes as James Harden Records 1st-Ever 60-Point Triple-Double

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2018

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 30:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets brings the ball up the court against the Orlando Magic at Toyota Center on January 30, 2018 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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James Harden has put together plenty of big games in the past few years, but he outdid himself with his historic effort Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic.

The guard finished with 60 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and four steals while helping the Houston Rockets earn a 114-107 win.

He put himself in the record books in a few ways with the incredible showing:

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets

Big night for @JHarden13! #BEARDING ๐Ÿ€ New franchise record with 60 points ๐Ÿ€ 1st ever 60 point triple-double in #NBA history (60pts/11ast/10reb) https://t.co/YGLKqzjRhV

StatMuse @statmuse

James Harden 60-point night: โœ… Career-high โœ… Rockets franchise high โœ… First 60-point triple-double in NBA history โœ… Only 60-point scorer this season https://t.co/YfTWvydYG9

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Nixon @CTowersCBS

James Harden now has three of the five highest-scoring point-rebound-assist triple-doubles ever.

Harden was nearly unstoppable throughout the game, shooting 19-of-30 from the field and 17-of-18 from the free-throw line:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Unreal. 60 PTS 10 REBS 11 ASTS 4 STLS The Beard went OFF ๐Ÿ”ฅ https://t.co/IRCVp4wBFR

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

James Harden finished with 60 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds tonight. His teammates combined for 54 points and 6 assists in the win. https://t.co/AwgIsEz3UU

Many were impressed by the showing:

Josh Eberley ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ @JoshEberley

Hardenโ€™s game tonight > Kobeโ€™s 81.

Jeremy Woo @JeremyWoo

Itโ€™s 2018 and James Harden getting a 60 point triple-double on 30 shots doesnโ€™t even feel that crazy anymore tbh

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

What's crazy is that's arguably not the best line of James Harden's career. Hard to top last season's 53 points, 16 rebounds, 17 assists on 14-26 FG vs. Knicks. https://t.co/MkJmhF7Ygk

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

James Harden with a career-high 60 and a win over the Magic! https://t.co/I6RU9p6MjC

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe

James Harden was conceived in NBA Jam https://t.co/UlBNAODCl9

Chris Paul was proud of his teammate's performance:

Chris Paul @CP3

History!!! ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿพ@JHarden13 https://t.co/NWwD4zYJqk

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade also praised their rival:

LeBron James @KingJames

Cโ€™mon @JHarden13!!! Now thatโ€™s insane G! 60 point Triple Dub. Sheesh!!! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

DWade @DwyaneWade

Okay @JHarden13 youโ€™re not playing fair!!!

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey made sure to let people know he was there to witness the feat:

Daryl Morey @dmorey

Just wanted to mark the occasion that I was here for this one https://t.co/kCRNB8bkKn

Harden's massive outing raised questions about how this changes the MVP race:

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA

James Harden is easily the MVP front-runner at this point. By the way, itโ€™s great to see a player trending on Twitter for good news and not a devastating injury.

Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS

The James Harden-LeBron James MVP battle is a lot of fun to watch.

This was just Harden's third triple-double this year after he totaled 22 last season, but it was one of the best in NBA history. After one night of rest, he will hope to keep it going in his next matchup Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs.

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