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A rare triple-double and a franchise record for James Harden

A double-double double at the heart of a… triple-double. That is to say the complexity and the level of statistical performance displayed by James Harden tonight against the Clippers. Not particularly skilful (6/17 in shots including 3/6 from afar), the bearded man finished with 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

But the most impressive statistic across the board is in assists: 21! That impressive total sees him tie Wilt Chamberlain and Maurice Cheeks for the Sixers franchise record for single-game caviars. The giant had established this record in 1968 (during this famous season when he finished the league’s best passer by volume), equaled in 1982 by the former playmaker, also Hall of Famer.

James Harden also became the second 76ers player to finish with 20 points and 20 assists in the same game, the first this season to achieve this feat, and the second, still with Wilt Chamberlain, to sign a triple-double at 20. points, 10 rebounds and 20 assists.

I am in very good company. Mo Cheeks was one of my coaches (in Oklahoma City), and then Wilt, I feel like all the records belong to him. So being in the middle of a discussion with some of the best basketball players to ever touch a ball is always a privilege. », appreciate the former MVP, whose previous career passing high stood at 17. A total reached… ten times.

James Harden can thank, and vice versa, a teammate more than the others: Joel Embiid. He indeed distributed 11 of his 21 balls in the direction of the pivot, mainly on the “pick-and-roll” opening good shots around the line of free throws. The pivot thus scored a total of 44 points.

In 25 years, only three times had a player finished with at least 40 points and one of his teammates at least 20 assists. The James Harden – Joel Embiid tandem thus joins Paul George and Russell Westbrook (2018), as well as DeMarcus Cousins ​​and Rajon Rondo (2016).

He’s a generational scorer who still scores but decided to be a playmaker for this team. It’s hard to do. Many people, most people, can’t do it, or won’t do it, which is a better way to put it. The fact that he does it voluntarily, that he leads the team, that he organizes us, is huge for us. », Greets Doc Rivers, whose team is surfing on a series of seven straight victories.

James Harden Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2009-10 OKAY 76 23 40.3 37.5 80.8 0.6 2.6 3.2 1.8 2.6 1.1 1.4 0.3 9.9
2010-11 OKAY 82 27 43.6 34.9 84.3 0.5 2.6 3.1 2.2 2.5 1.1 1.3 0.3 12.2
2011-12 OKAY 62 31 49.1 39.0 84.6 0.5 3.6 4.1 3.7 2.4 1.0 2.2 0.2 16.8
2012-13 HOO 78 38 43.8 36.8 85.1 0.8 4.1 4.9 5.8 2.3 1.8 3.8 0.5 25.9
2013-14 HOO 73 38 45.6 36.6 86.6 0.8 3.9 4.7 6.1 2.4 1.6 3.6 0.4 25.4
2014-15 HOO 81 37 44.0 37.5 86.8 0.9 4.7 5.7 7.0 2.6 1.9 4.0 0.7 27.4
2015-16 HOO 82 38 43.9 35.9 86.0 0.8 5.3 6.1 7.5 2.8 1.7 4.6 0.6 29.0
2016-17 HOO 81 36 44.0 34.7 84.7 1.2 7.0 8.1 11.2 2.7 1.5 5.7 0.5 29.1
2017-18 HOO 72 35 44.9 36.7 85.8 0.6 4.8 5.4 8.8 2.4 1.8 4.4 0.7 30.4
2018-19 HOO 78 37 44.2 36.8 87.9 0.9 5.8 6.6 7.5 3.1 2.0 5.0 0.7 36.1
2019-20 HOO 68 37 44.4 35.5 86.5 1.0 5.5 6.6 7.5 3.3 1.8 4.5 0.9 34.3
2020-21 * All Teams 44 37 46.6 36.2 86.1 0.8 7.1 7.9 10.8 2.3 1.2 4.0 0.8 24.6
2020-21 * BRK 36 37 47.1 36.6 85.6 0.8 7.7 8.5 10.9 2.4 1.3 4.0 0.8 24.6
2020-21 * HOO 8 36 44.4 34.7 88.3 0.6 4.5 5.1 10.4 1.8 0.9 4.3 0.8 24.8
2021-22 * All Teams 65 37 41.0 33.0 87.7 0.9 6.9 7.7 10.3 2.4 1.3 4.4 0.6 22.0
2021-22 * BRK 44 37 41.4 33.2 86.9 1.0 7.0 8.0 10.2 2.4 1.3 4.8 0.7 22.5
2021-22 * PHL 21 38 40.2 32.6 89.2 0.6 6.5 7.1 10.5 2.3 1.2 3.4 0.2 21.1
2022-23 PHL 16 38 43.4 35.7 86.9 0.6 5.8 6.3 10.3 2.2 1.3 3.8 0.6 21.4
Total 958 35 44.2 36.1 86.0 0.8 4.9 5.6 6.9 2.6 1.5 3.8 0.5 24.9

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