Harden also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists to score the fourth 50-point triple-double of his career – the most in NBA history.
He broke a tie with Russell Westbrook to take the top spot, with Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor in third place with two each.
— NBA (@NBA) December 14, 2018
The San Antonio Spurs won by their largest margin this season, toppling the Los Angeles Clippers 125-87.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 27 points on 12-14 shooting, while Rudy Gay added 21 points.
It was the third game in a row that the Spurs held their opponents to less than 100 points, and also marked a fourth straight win at home.
Nikola Vucevic hit a tie-breaking bucket with just 28.8 seconds remaining to lift the Orlando Magic over the Chicago Bulls 97-91.
The team’s leading scorer finished with 26 points – 10 in the fourth quarter – and made three of six three-pointers.
Orlando rallied from an early deficit before the Bulls pulled things back to keep the game poised in the final quarter.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns broke a 10-game losing streak with a 99-89 defeat of the Dallas Mavericks.
TJ Warren had 30 points as the Suns, languishing at the bottom of the league, improved their record to 5-24 for the season.