James Harden passes Calvin Murphy to set Rockets' franchise assists record

James Harden, for all his scoring prowess, remains one of the league’s craftiest passers.

Working on his sixth straight season of more than seven assists — entering Thursday’s action at 7.4 apg — Harden set a new Rockets record against the Clippers in Los Angeles. His first dish, which resulted in a Clint Capela dunk five minutes into the game, marked the 4,403rd of Harden’s Houston career, passing team icon Calvin Murphy for the top spot.

Harden is averaging a staggering 38.9 points (44.3 FG%) in 37.8 minutes per game. He led the league in assists during the 2016-17 season, handing out 11.2 per game. And Harden has totaled 4,944 overall since being drafted No. 3 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009.