James Harden becomes first player to record 60-point triple-double

James Harden scored a franchise-record 60 points while posting a triple-double, almost singlehandedly carrying the short-handed Houston Rockets to a 114-107 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic on Tuesday night at Toyota Center.

Harden shot 19 of 30 from the floor and 17 of 18 at the line while adding 10 rebounds and 11 assists. With Houston missing three rotation players, Harden logged a season-high 46 minutes.

His 60-point triple-double was the first in NBA history.

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Apr 2, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes to the basket and scores against Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: James Harden poses for a portrait prior to the 2009 NBA Draft on June 25, 2009 at the WaMu Theatre in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden reacts after committing a foul against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series in Oklahoma City, April 22, 2010. REUTERS/Bill Waugh (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (L) and James Harden watch the action against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoffs in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Bill Waugh (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (L) and James Harden celebrate against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas, Texas May 19, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden (13) dunks the ball guarded by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill (27) as the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs series in Oklahoma City, May 14, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Smith/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (R), guard James Harden and injured player Eric Maynor (L) celebrate after their team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 6, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Sisney (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson tries to block a shot by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (L) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Houston Rockets James Harden (L) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers Darius Morris during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden takes a defensive position against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Bill Waugh (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Feb 14, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference guard James Harden during the 2014 NBA All Star game Player Press Conferences at New Orleans Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
James Harden of the U.S. goes for a basket over Serbia's Nemanja Bjelica during their Basketball World Cup final game in Madrid September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Perez (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Nov 2, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) celebrates against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third quarter at Toyota Center. Rocket won 110 to 105. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) defends in the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) is embraced from behind by Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) following Houston's 121-114 victory against the Charlotte Hornets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 20, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts in the three-point contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets (13) laughs with Western Conference guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (30) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles against the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 11: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets brings the ball up court during the game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 11: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets talks with the press after the game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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With the game deadlocked at 107-107, Harden nailed a step-back jumper with just under two minutes left before drilling a 3-pointer through a Mario Hezonja foul with 45.4 seconds to play. Harden completed the four-point play to surpass Calvin Murphy (57 points) in franchise annals.

Already missing Trevor Ariza (hamstring) and Chris Paul (groin), the Rockets lost guard Eric Gordon to lower back stiffness early in the second quarter. That facilitated the need for Harden to absorb the heavy minutes workload, and despite the stress, he managed to carry the offense.

Orlando hung tough by placing six in double figures. Hezonja and Marreese Speights scored 17 points apiece while Jonathon Simmons and Shelvin Mack added 15 each. D.J. Augustin scored 13 off the bench and Evan Fournier had 12 for Orlando, which shot a robust 15 of 31 from 3-point range.

Orlando initially rode Fournier on offense, as he tallied 10 points in the first quarter including back-to-back 3-pointers that helped the Magic erase an early five-point deficit. The Magic finished 4 of 8 from behind the arc in the opening period, with Augustin and Speights adding treys down the stretch to lift Orlando to a 30-27 lead entering the second quarter.

When Harden returned at the 10:26 mark of the second, with Gordon departing for good, the All-Star's mission was clear. Orlando pushed its lead to five points only for Harden to fashion repeated responses. He put Houston ahead 51-50 with a driving layup with just under three minutes left in the half, and after Orlando carried a 55-54 lead into the intermission, Harden opened the third with a three-point play to put the Rockets back on top.

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