Rockets’ Chris Paul speaks on James Harden’s MVP chances after 61-point game
On Friday night, Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden matched his career high in scoring as he torched the San Antonio Spurs with an astounding 61-point performance.
Following yet another outstanding outing for the 29-year-old, veteran teammate Chris Paul gave his thoughts on Harden’s chances at defending his MVP title this season:
“I mean, what else have you got to do,” asked Paul, via Michael C. Wright of ESPN. “This was tough, this was crazy. I keep thinking about a conversation I had with Paul Pierce after his last game when I was with the Clippers, and talking about having an opportunity to appreciate greatness. Sheesh, that’s tough. Not only that performance, but we won. We needed it.”
James Harden put on an absolute show against the Spurs, scoring 61 big ones in 19-of-34 from the floor. The 6-foot-5 combo guard also notched nine 3-pointers, seven rebounds, an assist, and three steals in 37 minutes of action.
As Paul said, what made this performance even sweeter is the fact that the Rockets came away with the crucial victory against Gregg Popovich’s crew. Houston’s win allowed them to move one game clear of the Portland Trail Blazers for the third spot in the Western Conference.
The Rockets still have nine games remaining in the regular season, and they are currently just four games behind the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets, who are currently tied for the first overall spot in the West.
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