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James Harden Named Western Conference Player of the Week

Nov 19, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) and forward Joe Ingles (2) in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 111-102. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) and forward Joe Ingles (2) in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 111-102. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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James Harden has been a man on fire through the whole season. Now, for the fourth time this year, Harden was named Western Conference Player of the Week for March 20 through 26.

After a week in which the Houston Rockets clinched their berth to the 2017 playoffs, Monday was a day of recognition for Clutch City. Following the release of ESPN’s Power Rankings in which the Rockets ranked third, James Harden was named the Western Conference Player of the week.

This marks the fourth time this season and 13th of his Rocket career that Harden was awarded the weekly honor. He has now surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon for most Player of the Week honors in Rockets history.

Highlights of the week:

Denver Nuggets: 39 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds.

New Orleans Pelicans: 38 points, 17 assists, 7 rebounds.

Oklahoma City Thunder: 22 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds.

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Averaging 33.0 points, 13.3 assists, and 6.3 rebounds, Harden led Houston to a perfect 4-0 record for the week. He once again proved why he should undoubtedly be this season’s Most Valuable Player.

In addition to Harden’s week, his most impressive game came in a 125-124 victory over the Denver Nuggets. With six seconds remaining and the Rockets down by one, Harden drove for a 94-foot uncontested game-winning layup.

Joining James 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 POTW honors for both players in the near future.

Next: James Harden vs. LeBron James: Legacy and the MVP

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