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Rockets GM says Harden could be best offensive player ever

Rockets GM says Harden could be best offensive player ever

The most he has scored is 50, which came in a win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14.

Harden wasn't even in the discussion a month ago when the Rockets were the NBA's most disappointing team.

There's no denying the hot streak Harden has been on, as Houston has used its star's performances to climb from 14th to fourth place in the West.

But following the above game-winner, the Rockets had won six straight games, all without Paul in the lineup.

Houston's defense has been better than it was at the start of the season, but Harden's seemingly impossible numbers have been the driving force in the Rockets' victories.

Federer triumphs over Serena in 'super cool' Hopman Cup encounter
The match will be the first time the two 37-year-olds, who have with 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them, face each other. As it turned out, the tie was decided by the mixed doubles, after both Federer and Williams won their earlier singles matches.

Forty points in five straight puts Harden in elite company with Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, and Allen Iverson also accomplishing the feat.

One of Harden's triple-doubles came in that game he scored 50 against the Lakers.

Over the last 12 games, Harden is averaging an incredible 40.1 points, 9.0 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game. Harden is averaging close to 40 points per during that stretch while taking over the distribution duties with CP3 still out. The reigning NBA MVP finished with a game-high 44 points to go along with 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Stephen Curry is a distant second with 28.9 points per game.

In going 10-23 from beyond the arc, Harden became only the eighth player in National Basketball Association history to attempt at least 20 3-pointers in a game.

The Beard forced overtime sinking a three-pointer and went on scoring a contested three 2.7 seconds to go in the extra time.


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