Harden receives big assist in historic triple-double
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HOUSTON — As the ball bounced off the rim and caromed right to him, Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker intentionally got out of the way, screening out Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic and essentially gift-wrapping the rebound for James Harden.
It was Harden’s 10th rebound of the night, clinching the reigning MVP’s third 40-point triple-double in the past six games with 1 minute, 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
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The end of the period was a deadline of sorts due to the lopsided score, considering coach Mike D’Antoni had informed Harden that he would sit out the fourth quarter of the 141-113 rout Friday night.
It was a historic moment.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harden became the first player in NBA history to record a 40-point triple-double while playing fewer than 30 minutes, as he finished with 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in