Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni stunned by how well James Harden has played
Houston Rockets guard James Harden is having a season for the record books. After logging his fifth 50-point triple-double of the 2018-19 season alone, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was nothing short of stunned by how well his MVP has been playing, via ESPN:
“It’s remarkable what he does, and he does it every night. I keep thinking, ‘Gosh, can he do this every game?’ And then he does it for three years.”
Harden truly has been doing it almost every night this season, averaging 36.4 points per game, far and away the highest mark in the league this season, while also on pace to finish as the eighth-highest single-season scoring mark in NBA history. On top of that, he has averaged 7.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per contest, even shooting a career-best 88 percent from the free-throw stripe.
Saturday’s win over the Sacramento Kings was especially jaw-dropping, as Harden got to the 50-point plateau while notching a triple-double — again. His offensive numbers have been staggering, as he shot 13-for-31 overall, with 23 of those looks coming from behind the arc, tying his career high. Harden has now averaged 13.4 3-point attempts per game this year, managing to still shoot 36.2 percent, which has equated to 4.8 made 3s on a nightly basis.
This dominant level of play has not only vaulted him back to the top of the league’s MVP debate, but also put the Rockets within three games of first place in the Western Conference with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. Harden has shirked individual accolades, instead wanting to focus on a championship, one in which he’s just weeks away from competing for.
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