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Feb 26, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a shot defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 101-93. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets' James Harden named Western Conference Player of the Week

After struggling to make the postseason in James Harden’s first year with the Houston Rockets, the team added center Dwight Howard in free agency and with a record of 40-19, now look like a legitimate contender.

Harden has continued to play well and was rewarded on Monday when he was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week.

Rockets.com has the scoop.

Harden (6-5, 220, Arizona State), who led Houston to 2-1 week, registered a season-high 43 points (11-20 FG, 6-9 3FG, 15-16 FT), eight dimes and three thefts in a 129-103 win at Sacramento (2/25/14). He joined Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler as the only Rockets to record at least 40 points, eight assists and three steals in a game since 1985-86. His 22 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 3FG, 6-7 FT) over the opening 12 minutes against the Kings tied for the most first-quarter points in Rockets history (22 by Kevin Martin on 12/11/10). Harden also finished with 20 points (7-16 FG), a game-high 12 assists and three steals in a 118-110 victory vs. Detroit. He now owns nine 20-point, 10-assist games in his career (Rockets record: 9-0).

On the season, Harden is averaging 24.5 points, 5.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

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