James Harden and Trae Young filled the stat sheet Wednesday night and set an NBA record: The two became the first opposing players to post 40-point triple-doubles in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Harden tallied 41 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Houston Rockets’ 122-115 victory over the Hawks in Atlanta. Young countered with 42 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
Obviously, 40-point triple-doubles are rare, but prolific scorer Harden now has 15 in his career and trails only the legendary Oscar Robertson (22) for the most in NBA history.
It was Harden’s second 40-point triple-double in a row, and his second triple-double of the season. He posted 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Rockets’ win over the 76ers Friday night. Young also has two triple-doubles this season and three in his career.
Although the Hawks are the worst team in the Eastern Conference and 3-11 vs. the West this season, Young continues to have a stellar season. He has six 40-point games this season — the most in the East and the most by an Atlanta player since Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins logged eight of them in 1992-93.
In netting his triple-double on Wednesday, Young became one of the youngest players ever to have a 40-point triple-double.
|Player (Team) Date||Age (Years-Days)|
|LeBron James (Cavs)||April 9, 2005||20-100|
|Luka Doncic (Mavs)||Nov. 18, 2019||20-263|
|Luka Doncic (Mavs)||Dec. 12, 2019||20-287|
|LeBron James (Cavs)||Feb. 15, 2006||21-047|
|Trae Young (Hawks)||Jan. 8, 2020||21-111|
Among active players, Russell Westbrook has recorded 12 40-point triple-doubles and LeBron James has logged six. Wilt Chamberlain managed the feat 12 times.
The Beard and Ice Trae know how to fill up the stat sheet 📊 pic.twitter.com/GnSvur0Ett
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 9, 2020