Published: Пт, Ноября 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NBA ROUND UP: Harden scores 48 points as Rockets soar

NBA ROUND UP: Harden scores 48 points as Rockets soar

Harden was responsible for 48 of those, and he said after the game that he was "happy to have the little midget back" to help him stay on top of his game. That wasn't bad for his first game back from an injury.

The 90 first-half points by Houston was the most in franchise history and the second most in National Basketball Association history. It will take some games to get back to where they are. "I don't know if (Paul) can get any better than that, but if he does that'll be scary". They got the lead down to 14 with one of Troy Daniels' six 3-pointers in the second quarter, but the Rockets repeatedly scored easily at the other end.

numberFire's models project Paul for 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists, totaling 27.1 FanDuel points in 20.5 minutes.

It was all about Harden, who finished 12-of-22 from the floor, while he nailed all 18 of his free-throw attempts.

His 23 points in the second quarter tied Yao Ming for second most in Rockets history, as Vernon "Mad Max" Maxwell had 30 in the fourth quarter of an unforgettable 51-point outing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1991. They hit seven of 11 3-pointers in the first quarter, three by Anderson.

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The Suns, it should be noted, weren't exactly quiet on offense. Greg Monroe, obtained from the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eric Bledsoe trade on November 7, made his Suns debut. Houston F Luc Mbah a Moute missed the game with an illness. He had 14 on Thursday.

Houston finished 14 points shy of the franchise record for points in a game and improved to 8-1 on the road this season.

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Most of the team's success though, can be traced back to Harden, who has taken it upon himself to not only put up big numbers but to start embracing the role of the leader of this team in a way that wasn't exactly noticeable a year ago especially in the playoffs where either fatigue or pressure robbed us from seeing the Beard that we all know.

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