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|Harden can only do so much. He recorded his 21st triple-double of the season in a 135-128 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Harden had 35 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds. Those 15 assists led to 36 Rockets points.
Tired is probably the best way to describe Harden right now. The MVP chase might be wearing on people around him because their cases, in their eyes, are not being heard enough.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --As http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/eli-manning-jersey-for-sale-c-11.html reporters were led into the Houston Rockets locker room late Sunday afternoon, James Harden sat with a towel covering him up. His knees were wrapped in ice, and a white washcloth was on top of his head.
Power forward Ryan Anderson called Harden’s performance effortless.
“A special player,” said Anderson, who scored 21 points on just nine shots, eight of which were 3-point tries. “Not a lot of players who can do it like him.”
There is a running debate regarding who is having a better MVP-type season. In Harden's view, wins and playing the entire season should matter in the vote. He’s not taking anything away from what Russell Westbrook is doing. The Oklahoma City guard set the NBA single-season record for triple-doubles in a season Sunday, notching his 42nd in a victory over Denver. It was OKC's 46th victory, eight fewer than the 54 Houston now has.
The good thing about the MVP race is the top two candidates are good friends. James Harden, while saying he's happy for Russell Westbrook also says he's done enough to win the award. There is no hatin' going on with the Rockets.
James Harden is buddies with Russell Westbrook. After Westbrook's historic day, Harden said he'll text him. "For sure, as a matter of fact, I will text him when I get on the bus, that's big time," Harden said of Westbrook setting the triple-double mark. "We don't do no hating, for sure."
James Harden went for 35 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds Sunday as the Rockets got their 54th win. Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports
Westbrook plays with a frenetic pace, and his numbers just slap you in the face sometimes. He made the winning shot on a wild 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Devon Kennard Authentic Jersey the Nuggets, his 50th point of the game. Westbrook gets a crowd's attention.
Meanwhile, Harden was just playing as he normally does, with a few Eurosteps here and there, a 3-pointer in a defender's face and passing out of double-teams to open shooters.
Westbrook plays with this fury, like a rapper spitting lyrics. Harden plays at a measured pace he picks up when he wants to. Sort of like a jazz musician.
“I do, too,” Harden said of playing with a fury. “I’m at my own pace. I’m a little smoother. Just try to get the job done.”
“I think he’s made his case already,” D’Antoni said of Harden. “Again, there’s a lot of teams not playing for anything right now. So I wouldn’t just look at the last few games, but judge the whole package. He’s as good as you can get. I think it’s exciting for the league.”
Harden isn’t doing anything wrong. He’s producing at a historic rate: Harden has scored or assisted on 56.3 points per game, just barely off the NBA single-season record of 56.8 set by Tiny Archibald in 1972-73. But Westbrook’s dynamic play, associated with his quest to get a triple-double, headlines the sports shows. It doesn’t bother Harden; if anything, he’s proud of his close friend.
“For sure, as a matter of fact, I will text him when I get on the bus, that’s big time,” Harden said of Westbrook setting the triple-double mark. “We don’t do no hating, for sure.”
Harden and Westbrook are having historic seasons.
Harden is http://www.officialnikejetshop.com/julian-howsare-jersey-for-sale-c-44.html also setting himself up for a special accomplishment. Coming into Sunday's games, Harden was scoring or assisting on 56.3 points per game. The NBA record for the highest combined single-season average of points and points off assists is 56.8 set by Tiny Archibald in 1972-73.
"It's just another great individual stat," Harden said. "But like I said, my job is to go out there and try to get my teammates involved, try to build their confidence so we're able to go out there and play and everybody is feeling good that's the most important thing. If none of my teammates are feeling good, I won't be anything, and we won't be far as to where we're trying to go.
Whom voters select for the award depends on how much you value the triple-doubles in comparison to the wins Harden has helped produce.
“I know I’ve done enough,” Harden said.We won’t know until June.
For the majority of the season, Harden has led the Rockets to greater heights. Few outside of Houston believed the Rockets would break 50 wins. And here Mike D’Antoni’s squad sits just two victories from 56, which would match the mark of two seasons ago, when Houston reached the Western Conference finals before losing to Golden State in five games.
Houston Rockets star guard James Harden said Sunday that wins should matter when it comes to the Most Valuable Player award.
On the season, Harden's Rockets have 54 victories, good for the third-best record in the tough Western Conference. The other major candidate for the MVP award, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, is leading a team with 46 victories, sixth in the West. San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, another candidate, has 61 victories with his team as the No. 2 seed in the West.
"I think that's the most important http://www.officialnikejetshop.com/bilal-powell-jersey-for-sale-c-16.html thing. I thought winning is what this is about -- period," Harden said after recording his 21st triple-double of the season in the Rockets' win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. "I'm not going to get in-depth with all that, but I thought winning was the most important thing. If you set your team up in a position to have a chance, at the ultimate goal, that's the most important thing."g