On a night when the franchises from Washington and Houston were battling it out in Game 7 of the MLB World Series, the NBA franchises from these cities put on an absolute show at the Capital One Arena.
In a thriller of a contest, that saw the Rockets edge the Wizards 159-158 in regulation, superstars from both teams came to play.
What a game in DC!@JHarden13 scores 59 PTS, Bradley puts up 46 and the @HoustonRockets top the @WashWizards in a fantastic finish! pic.twitter.com/iWJXqAF9VX- NBA (@NBA) October 31, 2019
James Harden scored 59 points, the 18th 50+ point game of his career and the 10th 50+ point game since the start of last season. He now has a 50-point game in each of his last six season, the second-longest streak in NBA history since Wilt Chamberlain.
.@JHarden13 doing work with 59 points tonight! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/zzGTns8GJn- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 31, 2019
Russell Westbrook with 17 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds recorded his second triple-double in three games and the 140th of his career. For the Wizards, All-Star Bradley Beal put up 46 points on 14-of-20 shooting in their home-opener.
🔥 46 points- Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) October 31, 2019
🔥 8 assists
🔥 6 rebounds
What a night for @RealDealBeal23!#WizRockets | #RepTheDistrict pic.twitter.com/jDQzUXxbrk
This game was one for the ages, producing some crazy numbers all around:
317 points were scored tonight, the 3rd highest combined point total in NBA history in a game that was decided in regulation. Harden had 59. Russ came alive in the 4th- Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) October 31, 2019
& triple-doubled. Beal had 46. The Wiz bench scored 64. There were 43 3s made. I've never seen anything like it
It was the first time both teams had topped 150 points in regulation in nearly 30 years.
The Wizards shot lights out, connecting on 57-of-91 (62.6%) from the field, including a franchise-record 20-of-36 three-pointers (55.6%), however, they gave up 26 points on their 19 turnovers which allowed the visitors to stay in the game.
Other than their All-Star duo, the Rockets had four other players finish in double figures as they rallied from 10-point deficit with 4:27 remaining in the fourth quarter, to win their third straight game after losing their season opener.