Dating back to the start of last season James Harden has been transcendent on the offensive side of the court, doing things never before seen in the history of the NBA. In an era obsessed with triple-doubles, Harden was the first player to ever post at least 50 points, 15 rebounds, and 15 assists in a single game last year versus the New York Knicks. He is the only player to ever score 2,000 points, record 900 assists, and grab 600 rebounds in just one season. He also scored and assisted on over 2,000 points last year, which was again something never before accomplished in the history of the NBA. James Harden has been truly remarkable and carried over his stellar play from last year, into this season.
The month of November was historic for James Harden, as he averaged a colossal double-double with 34.9 points and 10.1 assists. Harden also put up a career high in points on November 5, in a 137-110 victory versus the Utah Jazz. He scored 56 points that night, shooting 19 of 25 from the field, while also dishing out 13 assists in only 35 minutes. That game James become the first player since Michael Jordan in 1996, to score at least 50 points while shooting over 75% from the field. Harden was awarded Western Conference Player of the Month for November, leading the Houston Rockets to a 12-1 record over that span.
Harden’s Rockets are currently the number 1 seed in the Western Conference and only 1 game back of the Boston Celtics for best record in the NBA. Don’t expect for Harden and the Rockets to slow down anytime soon, as Luke Walton head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers stated, “In my opinion, Houston is playing the best basketball in the league right now.” The Rockets are undefeated so far when both James Harden and Chris Paul are playing with a record of 8-0. Harden’s play so far this season seems to put him atop of the MVP race averaging the most points at 31.7 and assists at 9.7 while leading Houston to an 18-4 record. With well over half of the season still to be played the MVP is very well up for grabs with guys like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in the mix. The upcoming schedule for the Houston Rockets include games at Utah and Portland until they come back home for a 7 game home stand.
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