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Dec 18, 2014
James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.
Rotoworld Dec 18, 2014

James Harden scores 21 points in a loss - James Harden (G) Houston Rockets

James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.
The Dream Shake Dec 18, 2014

Another OT win for the Rockets, another 40+ point night for James Harden

Just another stop on James Harden's Beardly Trail of Destruction, and the Rockets got their third straight win to move to 19-5. As has been the Rockets' M.O. of late, the game started out ugly, but turned into a great one. It's never easy playing in Denver, and the Rockets had to put in extra work besides tonight. The Beard carried an otherwise quiet Rockets offense in the first half, and as he tired in the fourth quarter, his teammates picked him up. When the Rockets needed James Harden at the end of the fourth quarter, he hit his first three of the game and got a huge steal - and then...
Houston Chronicle Dec 18, 2014

James Harden turns it on late, lifts Rockets past Nuggets in OT

DENVER – For all Rockets guard James Harden had done to keep the Rockets in the game when they were rapidly sinking and to seemingly steal it when it was slipping away, he left one point unclaimed. That was all the Nuggets needed to force overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Given another chance, Harden was […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 15, 2014

James Harden named Western Conference Player of the Week

James Harden (Western Conference) and John Wall (Eastern Conference) were named the NBA’s players of the week. Harden has been named the Player of the Week six times, which ties him with Yao Ming for third most in Rockets’ franchise history. Tracy McGrady earned the honor seven times, while Hakeem Olajuwon garnered the award 12 […]
The Dream Shake Dec 15, 2014

Can James Harden actually win the MVP?

With improved defense added to his arsenal, James Harden is making a serious case for himself in the MVP discussion. Over a quarter of the season is in the past, and there have been quite a few surprises when it comes to the Most Valuable Player award race. New names like Marc Gasol, Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis have emerged and replaced LeBron James and Kevin Durant as MVP candidates. Although Gasol, Curry, and Davis are all worthy of the award, James Harden arguably deserves it more than all of them. Not only leading the league in scoring, Harden has also led the...
Houston Chronicle Dec 14, 2014

Harden on triple-double: ‘I’m all over the place in a good way’

James Harden went after his 10th rebound hard enough that he could not deny that he wanted the triple-double, the third of his career, that came with it. After he finally got it by securing the game’s final rebound with one-tenth of a second remaining, he said instead that he wanted it as a symbol […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 12, 2014

James Harden’s heroics no surprise to Rockets teammates

Though James Harden’s fast finish in which he scored 13-consecutive Rockets points to take the game into overtime and then take it over might have been his most remarkable stretch of the season, to teammates it was not surprising. “He’s the best two-guard in the league for sure, man, I think the best player in […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 12, 2014

Five things we learned in the Rockets’ 113-109 road win over the Kings on Thursday

Rockets 113, Kings 109 1. James Harden began the road trip questionable to play at all with back spasms. By Thursday, he sat for just 43 seconds in the second half, playing 83 minutes in the back-to-back before heading to overtime. Once there, Harden demonstrated again how unstoppable he can be, taking the ball to […]
Sactown Royalty Dec 12, 2014

Rockets 113, Kings 109: Late game miscues doom Sacramento

Late heroics by James Harden combined with late Sacramento turnovers cost the Kings a winnable game against the Houston Rockets. Two days removed from the loss in Los Angeles, the Kings followed a familiar script; a solid fourth quarter lead evaporated due to unforced turnovers, missed free throws and an abundance of threes by their opponent. It needed an overtime period, but Sacramento's late mistakes led to a 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets. James Harden had 44 points, including a game-tying three to force overtime and 12 points in the extra period to win it for the Rockets (17-5)....
The Dream Shake Dec 12, 2014

James Harden goes supernova, Rockets beat Kings 113-109 in OT

44 points! 48 minutes! M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P! Even though some deep threes by the KIngs late in overtime nearly gave me a heart attack, James Harden would not let the Rockets lose tonight. He had 44 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in 48 minutes. He played defense as well as a guy with a sore back on the second road game in two nights could ever be expected to play. What more can you say? You can say this: Once the Rockets went down 95-92, they scored 21 more points. James Harden scored 15 of those points. Boy, did the Rockets look sluggish. The refs didn't help them establish a...
Houston Chronicle Dec 10, 2014

James Harden expecting to play vs. Warriors

Rockets guard James Harden still has to go through pregame drills to be sure, but after a long shooting session following the Rockets’ shootaround on Wednesday, he said he expects to play tonight against the Golden State Warriors. Harden is listed as questionable with back spasms. “I think so” Harden said when asked if he […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 9, 2014

James Harden questionable for Wednesday’s game, adding to Rockets’ injury woes

The Rockets injury woes continued Tuesday as the team announced that guard James Harden would be questionable for Wednesday night against the Warriors. He is dealing with back spasms but did go through most of Tuesday’s practice. Dwight Howard remains doubtful with a knee injury but did go through a full practice on Tuesday. Coach […]
The Dream Shake Dec 8, 2014

James Harden's defense has been extraordinary this year

Now will people start paying attention? I'm not going to link to other 10-minute lowlight reels here. This is all positive. Above is not just a supercut of James Harden playing good defense. It is a supercut of James Harden playing great NBA defense. The first-team All-NBA guard is unquestionably better this year. This video has gotten some play nationally, so maybe this will finally start changing the narrative. Not just "James Harden doesn't play defense," but from the pervasive "James Harden is trying harder this year" that's been bandied about, to "James Harden has been great...

James Harden: Spotlight on the Rockets guard

Fear. The. Beard. Somehow, James Harden has flown under the radar — as much as a superstar can, anyway — early this season.
Houston Chronicle Dec 6, 2014

Harden, Beverley carry Rockets to win over Suns

Finally, as if James Harden had carried the short-handed, make-shift Rockets for too long, his back seemed to say “enough.” Only so many boulders can be carried up so many hills. So as Harden left the floor to stretch, returning in a heating pad, even doubling over on several occasions, the Rockets had seemed to […]

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