Russell Westbrook has been under MVP and triple-double watch since the season began, but a former teammate of his is doing his best to keep pace.
James Harden posted his second consecutive 40-point triple-double last night in Houston's 121-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
James Harden remains in video game mode. pic.twitter.com/pY9UHxrsLH— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 11, 2017
Last night's 40 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists was the second time in his career that Harden has posted such a line, putting him behind just Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson all-time.
James Harden: first player with multiple games of 40 points, 15 rebounds & 10 assists in a single season since Oscar Robertson in 1964-65. pic.twitter.com/BkGEoUSuDN— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 11, 2017
His 11th triple-double of the season, Harden trails only Westbrook, who has 17 on the year.
The MVP hopeful has eight more triple-doubles on the season than LeBron James. The game brought Harden's season averages to 28.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and 11.8 APG.
The Rockets are 10-1 this season when Harden posts a triple-double, and his career year has propelled the Rockets to a 31-9 start to the season, the third best record in the NBA.