James Harden hung 40 points and 14 assists on the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, becoming just the fifth player in the last four decades to with at least four 40/10 games in the same season (the rest of the NBA has four such games combined.)
He was also very Harden-esque on defense.
For the Houston Rockets, who are clinging on the 8th and final Playoff seed in the Western Conference, this was a must-win.
Per the AP:
“From here on out there’s 20 games left, so each and every game counts, so we’ve got to find a way to come away with wins,” James Harden said. […] Harden had 40 points and 14 assists, and the Rockets beat Toronto 113-107 on Sunday night to end the Raptors’ franchise-record, 12-game home winning streak.
Corey Brewer added 23 points off the bench, while Dwight Howard chipped in with 21 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
The victory, Houston’s first in Canada since the 2006-07 season, was also Toronto’s first loss at the Air Canada Centre since Jan. 3 against the Chicago Bulls.