Rockets star James Harden ties career-high nine 3-pointers vs. Celtics
James Harden is doing some heavy lifting for the Houston Rockets, as he erupted for nine three-pointers to lead the Houston Rockets to a 127-113 win over the Boston Celtics Thursday night.
Harden tied his career-high in number of three-pointers made in a game. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player finished with 45 points to go along with six assists and two rebounds. The high-scoring guard also knocked down 14 of his 17 free-throw attempts against Boston.
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The 29-year-old shooting guard has been on a tear as of late and is carrying heavier load since Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury. Before his 45-point performance against Boston, he torched the Oklahoma City Thunder with 41 points in their 113-109 win on Christmas Day.
The former Arizona State standout also posted 39 points and 10 rebounds in their 108-101 win against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. He erupted for 35 points in their loss to the Miami Heat. The 10th-year guard has now scored more than 30 points in their last eight games.
James Harden also got a lot of help on Thursday night. Clint Capela racked up 24 points and 18 rebounds in 38 minutes, while Eric Gordon added 20 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Gerald Green and Austin Rivers added 10 points apiece off the Rockets bench.
With the win, the Rockets are now slowly climbing the ladder in the Western Conference standings. After a poor 1-5 start, Houston is now sixth in the West with their 19-15 record. They are just a game behind the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers, who both have 20-14 record to boast.
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