Harden became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double, finishing with 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
“I just gave it all I had tonight,” Harden said (h/t ESPN).
“We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key stops when we needed to and we made big shots.”
The Rockets had a slim roster as guard Chris Paul was out with a sore groin, Trevor Ariza was out with a strained hamstring, and guard Eric Gordon left early in the second quarter with lower back stiffness.
“I looked at Coach and said, ‘Eric can’t go,”’ Harden said. “He said go get ’em. And after that, I didn’t come out of the game.”
“Amazing, [and] topped it off with a four-point play at the end,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But we had to have every minute from him.”
Harden was also a menace on defense, notching 4 steals and blocking a shot in the historic performance.
“It’s a good feeling, I guess,”Harden said. “Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can. Whether it’s scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, whatever it is. And tonight, I guess I was doing everything.”
“I have never seen a performance like that,” Rockets guard Gerald Green said. “I caught myself just being a true fan throughout the whole game. … What he did today was remarkable.”