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James Harden Earns Western Conference Player of the Week

By Satbir Singh

It was an impressive week for James Harden, as he helped lead the Houston Rockets to a 2-1 record for the week. Capped off by Harden earning Western Conference Player of the Week honors for games played Monday, December 8 through Sunday, December 14. Harden and the Rockets fell to Golden State to begin the week, but impressive wins over Sacramento (in overtime) and Denver helped the Rockets improve to 18-5 on the season.

It is the first time Harden has won Player of the Week honors this season, however, this is the sixth of his career. Harden has now tied Yao Ming for third all-time on the Rockets, only trailing Hakeem Olajuwon (12) and Tracy McGrady (7). Harden averaged 34.0 points on 44% shooting, while adding 7.3 assists, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.0 blocks for the week. Harden scored 30+ points for the eighth and ninth time this season, adding to his league leading total.

Harden scored 44 points against the Kings this week, as the shooting guard has been dealing with back spasms. Yet to miss a game this season, Harden has been leading an injury plagued Rockets team in scoring, assists and steals. With Dwight Howard having missed a majority of the season so far, Harden has really needed to take a leap in leadership on and off the court for the Rockets.

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John Wall of the Washington Wizards was the winner in the Eastern Conference. Wall averaged 18.3 points on 54.2% shooting and 50% from beyond the arc. He also added 11.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blcoks as the Wizards had a 4-0 week.

This coming week, Harden and the Rockets will get round two versus Denver, this time on the road. After that, the team will travel back home to play Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans on the back end of a back-to-back. Ending the week off at home versus the Atlanta Hawks.

With Howard returning the workload will lessen for Harden, but the all-star will still prove he is an elite scorer in the league. Don’t forget Rocket fans, you can vote for both Harden and Howard to be NBA All-Star starters in New York this coming February by hashtaging #NBABallot. LET’S GET BOTH OUR STARS TO REPRSENT RED IN NEW YORK!