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The Beard Takes Off!

James Harden became the first player in NBA history to record a 60-point triple-double on Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic.

He finished the game with an incredibly impressive stat line:

Add four steals and one block to the mix, as well.

The shorthanded Houston Rockets needed every point, rebound, and assist to win this game. Already down two starters in Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon lasted just over 10 minutes before he had to exit the game with lower back stiffness. From early on, Harden had to make a big impact, leaving him with very interesting percentages in the first-half.

After a full game’s worth of production in the first half, Harden somehow managed to one-up himself in the second half. In a game that went back-and-forth and remained close throughout, it took a historic performance from Harden to finally build a big enough cushion to earn the Rockets the win.

In the process, Harden also broke the Rockets’ franchise record for most points scored in a game.

Several players took to Twitter to congratulate Harden on such a historic game:

Perhaps the most meaningful congratulations came from the man who previously held the Rockets’ record for most points scored:

Just another achievement in what has been an MVP-caliber season for The Beard.