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Rockets’ James Harden has most 50-point, 10-assist games in NBA history

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The Houston Rockets lost to the Washington Wizards Monday night in overtime, but star shooting guard James Harden made history in the defeat.

Harden, the reigning MVP, finished with 54 points and 14 assists. By doing so, the lefty now has the most 50-point, 10-assist games in NBA history.

Somewhere, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti must be sobbing looking at this graphic. Presti, of course, traded James Harden to the Rockets because he didn’t want to pay the high-scoring guard and kept Serge Ibaka instead. Just imagine how lethal the Thunder would have been if they had kept Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant together after losing the 2012 Finals to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

The Rockets were playing Monday without All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who is dealing with a leg injury. The offensive burden fell on Harden’s shoulders and he delivered in a big way. Unfortunately, it didn’t lead to a win, as the Rockets are now 9-10 on the season. Houston jumped out to a 42-30 lead after the first quarter, but gave up 37 points in the second quarter and only managed to put up 23.

Despite the loss, James Harden still put his name in the record books and it’s a tremendous accomplishment for the six-time All-Star.

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