James Harden caught fire early Sunday and never looked back.
The Rockets star scored a career-high 56 points on 19-of-25 shooting (7 of 8 from 3-point range) while also dishing out 13 assists in a 137-110 win over the Jazz. Harden matched Russell Westbrook as the only two players to have three games of at least 50 points and 10 assists in the last 30 seasons.
Harden, who played just 35 minutes in the game, reached 54 points before the end of the third quarter in a truly master-class performance.
With this bucket, James Harden sets a new career high with 54 points! #Rockets pic.twitter.com/6adklF3iRs
— NBA (@NBA) November 6, 2017
Harden had eclipsed 30 points just once this season entering Sunday’s game, but he finished just one point shy of Calvin Murphy’s franchise record.
Houston, now winners of three straight, improved to 8-3 thanks to Harden’s scoring outburst.