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Twitter reacts to James Harden's incredible 56-point career night against Utah

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James Harden set a new career-high with a stunning and historically efficient performance against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

The Beard dropped 56 points on 19-of-25 shooting, including 7-of-8 from 3-point range as he led the Houston Rockets to a huge 137-110 win.

Per ESPN, he became the first NBA player to score that many points on 25 or fewer shots since Michael Jordan's 58-point performance against the New Jersey Nets in 1987.

Hall of Famer Karl Malone was the last player to score that many points with a field goal percentage as high as Harden's 76 percent, when he posted 61 points on 21-of-26 shooting against the Milwaukee Bucks in 1990.

The five-time All-Star also recorded 13 assists to account for a total of 91 points in the victory but shrugged off his phenomenal shooting display in his post-game interview.

"I was just shooting it, I don't know," Harden said. "I don't really pay too much attention to it. I just try to take good shots and, like I said, pretty much make the right decision. Obviously, I'm going to make mistakes, but as long as I have that mindset, I'll be good."

The 28-year-old fell just one point shy of the Rockets record set by Calvin Murphy.

Harden missed his final three shots before checking out to a standing ovation from the Toyota Center crowd with over seven minutes remaining in the game, but he indicated that he didn't care about chasing the franchise scoring record.

"We won, right?" Harden said after being informed by a reporter that he was only one point shy of Murphy's mark.

Just like LeBron James' monster 57-point night against the Washington Wizards on Friday night, Twitter exploded after Harden's outburst with some great reactions.

Some of the best reactions were reserved for the time it took him to reach 50 in the game.

This was the sixth 50-plus-point performance by the All-NBA guard, all in the past four years.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, it was his third game with at least 50 points and 10 assists, all coming since the start of last season, tying him with Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook for the most such outings over the past 30 years.

The hot night for last season's MVP runner-up became apparent in the just the first quarter as he had 22 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting.

"You can tell just by the bounce in his step and his threes," D'Antoni said when asked when he knew Harden was destined for a phenomenal night.

"The last two games, he's just been going straight up and down. He's pure. So even when he's taking the shot, you can say, 'This is probably in.' He's not drifting or anything. It just means he's strong up and down, and his balance getting around people was ridiculous tonight.

"So he had an extra spring in his step, and maybe he's just getting into game shape and getting going."

With their superstar in this form and with Chris Paul still to return, Houston is already looking like the strongest threat to the Golden State Warriors.

Topics:
NBA
James Harden
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Chris Paul
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division

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