Three quarters of the Houston Rockets-Atlanta Hawks match had been played and the score indicated a scandalous 127-73 for Texans. Looking at the statistics in detail, there was an even more scandalous detail: James Harden, 60-Atlanta Hawks, 73. "The Beard" starred before the Hawks the biggest scoring exhibition so far this season. He had only needed 30:41 on the track, less than three quarters, to score 60 points. And he did it with only 24 field shots attempted.
When he sat in the third quarter he didn't return to the track. With twelve more minutes ahead, Harden witnessed his victory from the bench and stayed in the mentioned 60 points. "It's so good that I don't know how he does it. They would have killed me if I took him to the track and got injured. I would have killed myself first and then you could have shot me," said Mike D'Antoni, Rockets coach about the reasons that led him to no longer use his star against the Hawks.
Harden's exhibition numbers are a savage: 18/24 in field shots; 8/14 triples; 20/23 free throws. And he had time to give 8 assists (so that he generated almost 80 points), catch 3 rebounds, steal 3 balls and put a cap. "The Beard" has matched Michael Jordan in matches scoring 60 or more points (4) and only has ahead of Kobe Bryant (6) and Wilt Chamberlain (32). Trae Young's 37 points, the only player to discuss Luka Doncic's Rookie of the Year trophy last season, stayed in an anecdote.
The day also left the eleventh consecutive victory of the Bucks of Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee is next to the Lakers the most fit team in the League. The Hernángomez brothers had minutes in the respective defeats of Nuggets and Hornets. Juancho had seven minutes against the Kings (1 point, 1 rebound and 3 assists) and Willy, nine against the Bucks. The pivot had an extraordinary production for the time he spent on the track: 5 points and 9 rebounds.
Results: Sacramento Kings, 100-Denver Nuggets, 97; Philadelphia Sixers, 119-Indiana Pacers, 116; Milwaukee Bucks, 137-Charlotte Hornets, 96 and Houston Rockets, 158-Atlanta Hawks, 111.
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