James Harden's MVP case is getting harder and harder to deny, as he fueled the Houston Rockets to a blowout 141-113 win over Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night.
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The Beard played less than 30 minutes, but that was enough for him to post the outrageous line of 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
A 42-point opening frame from the Rockets effectively sealed the outcome of the night as they rolled to the easy win in front of the Toyota Center crowad. All five starters reached double figures in scoring, while every player off the bench also impacted the scoreboard as the Rockets ran riot.
A monster triple-double from @JHarden13 in only 29 minutes! #Rockets- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) January 12, 2019
📊: 43 PTS | 10 REB | 12 AST | 8 3PMs pic.twitter.com/7df070qbs0
Harden's stunning offensive output from beyond the arc where he hit eight threes, saw him pass Kobe Bryant and Chauncey Billups on the all-time made threes list and into 13th place all-time.
His absurd run over the past 15 games has seen him average 40.5 points per game, making him just the second player since the ABA-NBA merger to average 40 or more over a 15-game span, joining Kobe Bryant (per ESPN Stats & Info).
Cleveland struggled to contain the reigning MVP with the loss bringing its season record to 8-35. Reserve big Ante Zizic was the top scorer for the Cavaliers with 18 points in his 24 minutes of game time.
Houston will head to Orlando for a meeting with the Magic on Sunday, while the Cavs' road trip continues with a game against the Lakers on Sunday.
With the win, the Rockets now are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers with a 24-17 record.