In a week that included a home-and-home with the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets points guard James Harden helped lift his team to a 2-1 record with a run of crazy stats, including back-to-back triple-doubles against Gregg Popovich’s squad.
For all of his hard work, on Monday, NBA named him the Western Conference Player of the Week. It’s the 10th time he’s won the award, all as a Houston Rocket. He needs just two more to pass Hakeem Olajuwon for the all-time team lead in this very important category.
During the three-game stretch, the Beard put up some wild numbers: 27 points, 14.3 assists and 9.7 rebounds a game.
"Credit goes to my coaches and teammates," Harden said Monday when asked about the crazy numbers he has been able to put up this season. "They've done a great job. We're competing at a high-level."
Harden may physically be the same player he was last season, but this year, his game has been taken to a whole new level. The up-tempo offense fits the Beard like a glove, and the numbers he has been able to put up this season are just plain stupid.
Harden reiterated the stats don't matter to him; it's all about wins. But clearly the stats are coming and in bunches, and the NBA has taken notice.
"If I'm playing well and my team is playing well, the numbers are going to and the individual accolades will come," Harden said.