James Harden racks up his first triple-double of season vs. Hornets (VIDEO)

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James Harden racked up 22 triple-doubles last season in leading the Rockets to 55 wins.

This season his scoring and playmaking burden was supposed to be reduced with Chris Paul on board… except so far this young season he hasn’t been on board due to injury. (There is no timetable for CP3’s return yet.)

Friday night against the Hornets, Harden racked up his first triple-double of this season with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Harden did most of his scoring at the rim (4-of-6) or with straight-on, top-of-the-arc threes (3-of-8). The Rockets also went on to get the win 109-93, improving Houston to 5-1 on the season.