James Harden has been a man on fire through the first quarter of the season. Now, for the second time this year, Harden was named Western Conference Player of the Week for December 11 through 17th.
After a week in which the Houston Rockets expanded their winning streak to a league-high 10 games, Monday was a day of recognition for Clutch City.
Following the release of the NBA’s Power Ranking in which the Rockets ranked third, James Harden was named the Western Conference Player of the week. This was the second time this season and 11th of his Rocket career Harden was awarded the weekly honor. Only Hakeem Olajuwon with 12 has been awarded more Player of the Week honors in Rockets history.
Highlights of the week:
Brooklyn Nets: 36 points 11 assists, eight rebounds.
Sacramento Kings: 15 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds.
New Orleans Pelicans: 29 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds.
Minnesota Timberwolves: 28 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds.
Averaging 27.0 points, 12.8 assists, and 9.8 rebounds, Harden led Houston to a perfect 4-0 record. In back-to-back games against the Kings and Pelicans, Harden recorded consecutive triple-doubles in the victories. With 15 career triple-doubles now in the books, Harden surpassed Olajuwon for the most in franchise history.
Despite his remarkable play over the week, Harden’s most impressive game came in an 111-109 victory over the Timberwolves. In the 111-109 win, Harden helped the Rockets overcome a 17-point deficit by scoring 10 of his 28 points in the third quarter.
Joining Harden as Player of the Week in the East is DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors. With Harden and DeRozan playing the best basketball of their careers, there will be more Player of the Week honors for both players in the near future.
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