James Harden set his sights on the Houston Rockets earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference after his sensational season continued with another NBA record.
Playing 29 minutes, 34 seconds Friday against the Cavaliers, Harden became the first player in NBA history to score a 40-point triple-double in fewer than 30 minutes.
Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in a performance that included eight 3-pointers, as the rampant Rockets routed Cleveland 141-113 with their MVP candidate able to watch from the bench for the whole fourth quarter after another amazing feat.
The Rockets were 14th in the Western Conference at the start of last month but have won 13 of 16 games to move to 24-17, just 4.5 games behind the first-placed Nuggets. Their 141 points scored were a season high.