James Harden scored a career-high 46 points Wednesday night as the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-119 at the Toyota Center.
Harden went 14-for-19 from the field, 7-for-8 from three and 11-for-12 from the free throw line. He also added eight assists and six rebounds.
This was quite possibly the best game Harden has ever played.
The Thunder led by five entering the fourth quarter and extended that lead to 11 with 8:06 left in the game then Harden took over. He scored 14 points from that point on as the Rockets came back to win.
Kevin Durant had his second career triple-double in the loss with 16 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists.
Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha each scored 28 points. Westbrook also had 10 rebounds and eight assists and Sefolosha went 6-of-10 from three-point land.
Harden had the most help from Jeremy Lin who scored 29 points. The Rockets made 15-of-33 threes on the night.
The Thunder were without their starting center Kendrick Perkins for the game who missed it with a sore right knee. Hasheem Thabeet started in his place and played just 11 minutes.
The Thunder had dominated the Rockets the first two times they played this year winning each time by at least 20 points.
The Thunder have no lost three straight games for the first time this season and fall to 39-14 on the year. They will play the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night in OKC for their next game.