In just 17 minutes on Monday (all times AEDT), James Harden completed a triple-double in the Philadelphia 76ers’ road game against the Detroit Pistons.
Less than a minute remains in the third quarter; Harden handed out a dime to complete the feat after having 13 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists at the half.
In addition to becoming the first player in his career to reach such totals in a single half, Sixers Stats reports that Harden joined Domantas Sabonis, Nikola Jokic, LeBron James, and Jason Kidd as the only players to do so since 1996-97.
According to Sixers Stats, it was Harden’s 71st triple-double overall, which places him eighth all-time in the NBA.
In addition, Harden overtook Russell Westbrook to jump into 27th place (24,005) on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, just ahead of the legendary Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers (24,368).
His performance was essential in helping Philadelphia defeat the Pistons 123-111, even though he left the game in the fourth quarter after contributing to the team’s 18-point lead.
With it, the Sixers improved to 24-15 overall and currently hold the fifth spot in the East. They also claimed their fourth victory in their last five games, going 12-3 in that time.
Tyrese Maxey scored 23 points, Montrezl Harrell scored 20, grabbed six rebounds, and had one block in Harden’s 28 minutes of play. Harden also had 11 assists, six rebounds, and one block.
Killian Hayes scored 26 points for Detroit, improving their NBA-worst record to 11-32. He also had six assists, three steals, and a block. Isaiah Stewart added 20 points, 13 rebounds, and a block.
On Wednesday, the two teams will square off once more.