James Harden has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from January 14 to January 20.
James Harden was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from 1/14-1/20; it his third time receiving the honor this season; for the week, Harden averaged 54.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.33 steals while shooting 48.5% from the floor.— Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) January 21, 2019
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!