Ho-hum for James Harden: Another 40-point triple-double


Harden at it again with another triple-double in Rockets' win

James Harden scores 40 points, grabs 15 rebounds and hands out 10 assists for his second straight triple-double. Here are some of the top plays that helped him achieve the feat.

It is both amazing and now seemingly routine in nature.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden had another 40-point triple-double on Tuesday in a win over the Charlotte Hornets.

The Rockets are 31-9, matching their best 40-game start (done during their 1993-94 championship season and again in 1996-97).

With some help from the Elias Sports Bureau, we can tell you that Harden became ...

• The first player with multiple games of 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a single season since Oscar Robertson did it for the Cincinnati Royals in the 1964-65 season. He’s one of five players to have multiple 40-15-10 triple-doubles in his career, along with Wilt Chamberlain (6), Robertson (5), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2) and Elgin Baylor (2). Only two other players have had a single 40-15-10 game in the past 30 seasons (Vince Carter for the Nets against the Wizards in 2007 and Russell Westbrook for the Thunder against the Wizards in 2015)

• The fourth player in NBA history with back-to-back 40-point triple-doubles within a season, joining Pete Maravich (1974-75 Jazz), Michael Jordan (1988-89 Bulls) and Westbrook (2014-15 Thunder). Harden, Westbrook and Jordan are the only players to have three 40-point triple-doubles in a season during the past 30 seasons.

With a little help

As we’ve previously documented, the Rockets' bench has been a major contributor to Houston's successful run. On Tuesday, Corey Brewer had 15 points and Nene Hilario had 10. The latter finished plus-14, the highest plus-minus for any Rockets player in Tuesday's contest.

Additionally, Montrezl Harrell went 5-of-5 from the field, making him 17-of-18 (94 percent) in the past two games. Elias notes he is the first player to shoot that well while taking that many shots over a two-game stretch since Kevin Garnett went 17-of-18 over a two-game span for the Celtics in November 2009.