Houston Rockets guard James Harden set an NBA playoffs single-game record for turnovers when he committed his 12th midway through the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Harden was also the last player to record 10 turnovers in a playoff game in 2013 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Other players to have recorded 10 turnovers in a playoff game since 1985 include LeBron James (twice), Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Penny Hardaway and Kevin Johnson.
The Warriors won Wednesday's game 104–90 to advance to the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Harden finished with 13 turnovers to go along with 14 points on 2-of-11 shooting (10-of-13 FT), six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Harden entered Wednesday's game averaging 4.1 turnovers in 16 games this postseason. During the regular season, he averaged 4 over 81 games. His single-game high this postseason was nine (May 4 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers), as was his regular-season high (Dec. 28 vs. San Antonio).
- Mike Fiammetta