"It's like everything else he does - unbelievable", coach Mike D'Antoni said.
"What he is doing has not been seen", said teammate Austin Rivers.
Harden finished with 60 points to reach the mark for the fourth time and tie Jordan. "Name another player who could do that". Only Michael Jordan (4-times), Kobe Bryant (6-times) and Wilt Chamberlain (32-times) had four or more 60-point performances in National Basketball Association history.
Klay Thompson scored 60 points in three quarters with the Golden State Warriors in 2016 and Kobe Bryant scored 62 with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005. He sat out the entire final quarter on the bench. "Nope", he said, before walking off.More news: Halo: Reach will support mods for its single-player campaign
"Try and put him under duress. He just didn't feel us". The Beard was unreal against the Atlanta Hawks, playing one of the best games in the entire National Basketball Association history.
Trae Young led the Hawks with 37 points and had five 3-pointers, but it wasn't almost enough to offset Harden's game.
If you missed it, check out the highlights from Harden's insane 3-quarters (below). He also scored 8 three pointers, while sinking 20/23 free throws. Atlanta made 15 of 46-pointers.
Harden went 16-of-24 from the field, and eight-of-14 from three-point range, in the Rockets' 158-111 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks.
Harden's 60 points on 24 field-goal attempts during Saturday's blowout victory were the fewest of any player in National Basketball Association history to score 60.More news: The Rock opens up on painful divorce
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Harrison Barnes scored six of his season-high 30 points in overtime, Buddy Hield hit two free throws with 9.5 seconds left and Sacramento rallied to beat Denver. Harden looked at the screen, read the note and pointed at it while opening his mouth wide in fake shock as if to say: "I was so close", before smiling broadly.
D'Antoni said he hopes both players can return on Tuesday night.
The first half, by Harden's standards, was relatively innocuous.
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