3. March 22, 2019 vs Spurs
At the end of the 2018-19 regular season, Harden matched his career-high and a franchise record of 61 points in a 111-105 win over in-state rival San Antonio Spurs.
It was evident that the 29-year-old was en route to another high-scoring game after he had 27 points at the end of the first quarter. The Rockets were up by 62-47 at the half but allowed the Spurs to weasel their way back into the game with the score tied at 81 entering the fourth quarter.
Houston went on a 13-2 run with less than four minutes left to play in the final quarter. Where did all 13 points come from? Harden. He knocked down three 3-pointers and two jump shots to propel the Rockets to the six-point victory.
It was the eighth time that Harden scored 50+ points that year and his 61 points were the most that a player had scored against a team coached by the legendary Gregg Popovich.
Harden shot 19-of-34 from the field (55.8%), including 9-of-13 from downtown (69.2%), and knocked down 17-of-18 free throws. He also contributed 7 rebounds.
That year, Harden averaged a career-high 36.1 points per game and shot 44.2% from the floor.