The Houston Rockets have been surging lately, behind the incredible exploits of James Harden. Since Dec. 11, the Rockets are 12-2 and Harden is averaging 39.4 points, 9.2 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Peppered in among those 14 games, Harden has also had four triple-doubles, including a 50-pointer, a game-winning 3-pointer over the Warriors and five straight games with 40 or more points.
The numbers get even more incredible the more you stare at them. Over this 14-game stretch, Harden has scored 551 points and had a hand in another 318 by virtue of his assists. Houston has scored 1609 points over the same span, which means Harden was directly responsible for 54 percent of their total scoring. This, of course, doesn’t include open shots his teammates found because of Harden’s gravity, or easy buckets on offensive rebounds after big men have rotated to contest his shots.
It’s an almost unprecedented offensive load, carried with almost unprecedented offensive efficiency. The question is, how long can he keep it up?