Houston, Texas —The Houston Rockets star rained buckets upon his opponent yet again on Monday, going off for 43 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for The Beard’s third triple-double of the season and the 39th of his career. Harden keyed a 113-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies for the Rockets’ 10th win in their last 11 games.
Monday marked Harden’s eighth-straight 35-point performance, which is tied for the 10th longest streak in NBA history. Only two streaks longer than Harden’s on that leaderboard have come since 1975, belonging to Kobe Bryant (13 games) and Michael Jordan (10).
Over their 10-1 streak, Harden is posting 40.4 points, 8.0 assist, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game. He is shooting 44.3% from field, 40.7% from 3 point line and 89.1% from the free throw line.
The NBA announced this week that the Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been named Western Conference player of the week for games played from Monday December 24th through Sunday December 30th (Week 11).
Harden is averaging 42.3 points, 6.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds. He's also hit at least four 3-pointers in each of the past seven games, which is tied for the second longest streak in NBA history.
A slow start for the Rockets and some hamstring issues caused some worry around Harden, but he’s firmly back on top of the scoring leaderboard and possibly back in the thick of the NBA MVP race.