No team has been more impressive than the Houston Rockets over the last week.
On Tuesday, the Rockets outplayed the two-time defending champion Miami Heat to earn a 106-103 victory. A day later, they went to Orlando and came out with a 101-89 victory over the Magic. On Friday, they knocked off another Eastern Conference elite, blowing out the Indiana Pacers 112-86. Then, on Sunday, they rallied for a 118-113 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Rockets’ guard James Harden had a huge week, capping it off with a 41-point performance against the Blazers.
On Monday, the NBA recognized Harden’s play, naming him the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week.
"Harden led the Rockets to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 30.3 points (second in the league), 6.8 assists (seventh in the conference) and 2.50 steals (tied for third in the conference). Harden, who collects his second consecutive Western Conference Player of the Week honor, capped his week with a 41-point, 10-rebound effort in which he also added six assists"
On the season, Harden is averaging 24.9 points, 5.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.