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James Harden scores 59, hits game-winning FT as Rockets top Wizards in one of highest-scoring games ever

The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros are playing Game 7 of the World Series tonight.

The Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets did their best to outshine that high-stakes baseball game.

James Harden scored 59 points and made the game-winning free throw in the Rockets’ 159-158 win. With 317 combined points, this was the highest-scoring regulation game in nearly two decades and one of the highest-scoring ever.

Here are the highest-scoring regulations in the shot-clock era:


Harden scored the game’s final point after drawing a foul by crashing into Isaac Bonga in the final seconds:

That’s a questionable call, one that could have gone either way. But Harden knows how to sell those.

Harden now has nine of the NBA’s last 13 55-point games. Unlike some of his other standout individual performances, Harden had plenty of company scoring tonight.

Houston and Washington combined to shoot 66% on 2-pointers, 48% on 3-pointers and 81% on free throws.

Bradley Beal scored 46 points. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.