James Harden Looks For Historic Triple-Double Threepeat At Minnesota

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:22 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 3:22 PM UTC

Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is on a statistical roll right now unlike at any point in his career, and Harden could potentially make NBA history Wednesday night when his red-hot Rockets visit Minnesota.

Houston (31-9) won its NBA-high ninth straight game Tuesday night, 121-114 over Charlotte. James Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. That followed his triple-double of 40 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Sunday's big win at Toronto. Harden thus became just the fourth player in NBA history with back-to-back 40-point triple-doubles in a season, joining Pete Maravich (1974-75 Jazz), Michael Jordan (1988-89 Bulls) and Russell Westbrook (2014-15 Thunder), who is Harden's top competition for this year's NBA MVP Award.

Pistol Pete, MJ and Westbrook weren't able to do it three games in a row so Harden could make history in the Twin Cities. Harden, Westbrook and Jordan are the only players to have three 40-point triple-doubles in a season during the past 30 seasons. Harden now has 11 triple-doubles this season -- Houston is 10-1 in those games -- to Westbrook's 17. Harden also is the first player with multiple games of 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a season since Oscar Robertson in 1964-65.

One injury to note is Rockets guard Eric Gordon, who missed Tuesday with a sprained left toe and won't play Wednesday. He is a top Sixth Man of the Year candidate in averaging 17.8 points and is among the NBA's top 3-point shooters. Even without Gordon, the Rockets are -4 on NBA odds.

Minnesota has been a huge disappointment at 12-26 but did end a four-game losing streak Monday with a 101-92 home win over Dallas thanks to had 34 points and 11 rebounds from Karl-Anthony Towns and 13 points and a season-high 15 assists from Ricky Rubio. Guard Zach LaVine suffered a left hip contusion in the game and is questionable vs. Houston. He's averaging 20.4 points per game.

Houston has won eight straight vs. Minnesota and three in a row on the road. However, the Wolves are 4-1 ATS on NBA picks in the past five. Over the past four meetings, Harden is averaging 29.5 ppg and 11.0 apg.

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