Thanks to a legendary evening last night against the Utah Jazz in which he dropped a career-high 56 points in a win, James Harden has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Harden led the Rockets to a 3-1 week, and all three victories came in very convincing fashion. In his last four games, Harden is averaging a double-double with 36.3 points and 10 assists per game. In those four games, he shot a whopping 51.2 percent from beyond the three-point line.
It’s fair to argue that Harden’s stats are skewed thanks to his outlier performance on Sunday against the Jazz, but it does not take away his phenomenal play from the other games. Last night, Harden made 19 of his 25 shots (76 percent) and made seven of his eight shots from downtown (87.5 percent).
Last night’s shooting performance lifted Harden’s three-point percentage for the season to beyond 40 percent and put him in the lead for three-pointers made with 46.
Chris Paul’s absence may have a lot to do with the insane numbers Harden has already been putting up this season, but The Beard is putting himself right back into the MVP chatter, just like last season.