Harden erupts, and Rockets continue roll

James Harden’s 56 points Sunday were one less than LeBron James had two nights earlier and equally amazing.

Harden also passed for 13 assists and the Houston Rockets blasted the visiting Utah Jazz by a 137-110 count. Amazingly, 54 of Harden’s points came in the first three quarters.

Harden was an amazing 19-of-25 from the field, and according to ESPN Stats and Information, Harden and Wilt Chamberlain are the only players to compile 50 points on 75 percent shooting, while dishing out at least 10 assists.

“I mean, I was just shooting, I don’t really know,” Harden humbly told reporters after. “I don’t pay too much attention to it.”

Eric Gordon added 20 points, and as noted by the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets are 23-4 over two seasons when he scores 20. Gordon has hit 20 in eight of his last 10, the Chronicle added. The Rockets improved to 8-3.

Trevor Ariza added 14 points, and Nene scored 13.

The Jazz received a team-high 17 points from rookie Donovan Mitchell.

According to the Chronicle: “Harden had his sixth 50-point game since the 2012-13 trade to the Rockets. No other player in Rockets history had more than two. He has 38 40-point games with the Rockets with Russell Westbrook’s 31 games with at least 40 points the next most in that stretch.”

The newspaper added: “Along the way, Harden passed Moses Malone for fifth in scoring in franchise history. The bucket hardly seemed fitting for the occasion or in any other way memorable, but it was typical of the way he took apart one the NBA’s best defensive teams.”