Houston Rockets guard James Harden was on the wrong side of a 151-131 overtime loss against the Washington Wizards despite a 54-point scoring explosion.
The Wizards duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal went toe-to-toe with last season’s NBA MVP for a historic duel.
Harden scored 54 points and Chris Paul’s stand-in Eric Gordon added another 36 – season highs for both players and the second most by a starting back court on record.But Washington still stole the win off the back of 36 from Wall and a season-high-tying 32 for Beal.
With Wall and Beal totaling 68, the two backcourts combined to score 158 points, the most in NBA history by both teams’ starting back courts.
“You watched a lot of high-level players play at a high level,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “Amazing players all had great games.”
The only starting back court to ever score more than the 90 points that Harden and Gordon had on Monday was the LA Lakers duo of Kobe Bryant (81) and Smush Parker (13) in a game on Jan. 22, 2006.