HOUSTON – When the ball bounced out of the rim and drove right to him, Houston Rockets PJ Tucker proceeded intentionally out of the way, screening out Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic and essentially gift box rebound for James Harden. 19659002] It was Hardens 10th rebound of the night, which managed the reigning MVP's third 40-point triple-double in the last six matches with 1 minute, 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
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The end of the period was a deadline of varieties due to the lopsided point, considering coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni had informed Harden that he would be quitting the fourth quarter of 141-113 rout Friday evening.
It was a historic moment.
A according to Elias Sports Bureau, Harden became the first player in the NBA story to record a 40-point triple-double while playing less than 30 minutes, when he finished with 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 29:34.  Tucker joked that Harden owed him "a date" because of his victim, joking that he wanted dinner and a movie.
"I take PJ for dinner, movies, Europe," says Harden and smiles. "I take PJ everywhere with me. He's probably already."
James Harden plays a triple-double with 43 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the rockets to a 141 -113 rout of Cavs.
The specific game was clearly an example of the fact that the Rockets are aware of a statistical milestone for Harden, which has four 40-point triple doubles this season while the rest of the NBA has been combined for one, by Washington Bradley Beal in a triple overtime victory over the sun.
The harden has accumulated many historical statistical milestones recently while in the middle of one of the best offensive stretches the league has seen. The hardener, which was 12-of-24 from the floor, 8-by-16 from 3-point range and 11-by-11 from the line against Cavs, has made at least five 3-pointers in 12 consecutive games. 19659002] Golden State Warriors Star Stephen Curry had the previous longest stretch of excursions with at least five made 3s at seven matches.
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"Stepback 3s – he has perfected it, "Rockets coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni said. "He has 16 3s [attempted] and they are all stepbacks. I don't know how he does it. He is in a space if everyone knows what he is doing and he still gets them off. They are not as they are forced He is just an incredible player. "
Hardens 3-point shooter has burned his scoring at least 30 points in 15 consecutive games and joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain ( five times) as the only players in the NBA story to do so.
It included a run of five straight 40-point performances that matched the third longest stretch of the last 50 years. The harden is on average 40.5 points over the 15 games. According to Elias, Bryant, who did just that several times.
Most importantly, Harden, the rockets have won 12 out of 15 matches to improve to 24-17, election from the second-last place in the Western Conference position to the middle of the playoff image, only 4½ games out of Houston's first goal.
With winning as his main focus, Harden said he cannot appreciate the historical context of his production at this time.
"Nah. Nah. Nope," says Harden, whose 12 40-point triples rank others behind Oscar Robertsons 22 in NBA history. "I don't have time to sit back and relax. I have to keep pushing, keep going."