James Harden earns Western Conference player of the week honors for the second time in three weeks. He joins LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge as the only other players to have won the award twice this season.
While the team has been busy integrating new players Corey Brewer, Alexey Shved and Josh Smith it has been Harden who has led the squad and continues to be cited as a potential MVP given his leadership and impressive statistics.
The Houston Rockets faced three tough Western power house teams this past week in which they recorded 2 wins and 1 loss. For the week he averaged 34.7 points (league-best), 4.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.3 steals.
Monday December 22nd they played the West second seeded team Portland in which Harden scored 44 points, had 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 5 steals in the overtime 110-95 win. He hit 4 of 9 threes and went 10 or 11 from the free throw line.
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Thursday December 26th in a boxing day match-up versus the then Southwest Division leading Memphis Grizzlies Harden was brilliant scoring 32 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, dishing 10 assists and had three blocks. Lending credence to the assertions Harden’s defense has improved this season two his blocks came in overtime with the final block on Tony Allen sealing the win for Houston. He shot 10 of 17 from the field, hit 2 of 4 three point shots and went 10 of 11 from the free throw line.
Sunday December 28th the Rockets lost a close battle in the final seconds of the fourth quarter in which Harden scored 28 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, had 5 assists and 2 steals. He hit 10-18 field goals and was 3 of 6 from three point range.
This is the seventh time of Harden’s career he has earned player of the week honors.
Tonight the Rockets complete the second game of a back to back series versus Washington and John Wall who earned the Eastern Conference Player of the Week beside Harden earlier this month.
Don’t forget to vote Harden in as your starting shooting guard and Dwight Howard as the starting center for the All-Star game.