The poor Knicks threw as many defenders as they could at Harden that night, but there was no stopping the now-six-time NBA All-Star.
Even though they have been without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram of late, the Lakers are finding ways to win.
"I was just trying not to foul today", he continued.
Chris Paul added 14 points and nine assists for the Rockets, Capela chipped in 16 points and 14 rebounds and Danuel House added 15 points off the bench. James was the originator of all this, and perhaps that gives him a couple bonus points.
James Harden didn't waste time making a highlight reel-worthy play on Thursday night, as he blew by Lonzo Ball on the perimeter and then threw down a nasty dunk on JaVale McGee less than three minutes into the match-up between the Rockets and Lakers.
James Harden is leading the National Basketball Association in scoring this season by averaging 30.8 points per game. He has produced four of the 13 50-point triple-doubles ever recorded in the league.
The Lakers were battered on the offensive glass on Thursday, leading to a huge advantage in second-chance points for the Rockets.
"You can't put him on the line", said Lakers star LeBron James, who had 29 points.
On a bit of a sad note, this will be the last game in which long-time Hornets and Bobcats announcer, Stephanie Ready, will commentate. Harris delivered 17 points, Gallinari 15. The Clippers have lost two straight and four of five.
Nikola Vucevic hit a tie-breaking bucket with just 28.8 seconds remaining to lift the Orlando Magic over the Chicago Bulls 97-91. Jeremy Lamb added 12 and Willy Hernangomez 11.
The Memphis Grizzlies look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games.
Stephenson played just one season for the Hornets, averaging 8.2 points as a part-time starter (25 starts).
The Phoenix Suns took care of business at home, downing Dallas 99-89 to spoil the season debut of Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki. The experienced veteran Jamal Crawford contributed with 17. It was full display of Harden's offensive arsenal and perhaps his greatest game during his NBA Most Valuable Player campaign in 2017-18.