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Surprise! James Harden named Western Conference Player of the Week

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And by surprise, I mean no surprise at all.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from January 14 to January 20.

For Harden, it is his third WCPOTW award this season, and it is perhaps his most impressive.

Despite losing to the Nets in overtime on Wednesday, Harden’s Rockets went 2-1 and the Beard went off.

In his first three games without center Clint Capela, Harden exploded by averaging 54.3 points per game over the course of the week. In his worst scoring performance, he dropped 48. It’s hard to simply give the award to anyone else.

On top of his scoring, Harden also averaged nine rebounds over the three games and stole 2.3 balls per game.

He also increased his 30-point streak to 19 games. The only player to keep the mark for as long as Harden has is the late, great Wilt Chamberlain.

Congrats to the Beard and let’s hope he keeps the momentum going!