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Rockets’ James Harden, Pacers’ Thaddeus Young named Players of the Week

James Harden and Thaddeus Young

Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young have been named Players of the Week for their respective conferences, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.

Harden is coming off a monster week in which he recorded two triple-doubles, one of which occurred in a 50-point performance in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday.

In that game, Harden made 14 of his 26 field goals, buried four 3-pointers and went 18-of-19 from the free-throw line. He also added 11 assists, 10 rebounds and a pair of steals.

Then, in the Rockets’ most recent win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Harden finished with 32 points, 12 boards, 10 dimes and two steals, going 9-of-14 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Overall this season, Harden is averaging 30.9 points, 8.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Young is coming off a week in which he posted three straight double-doubles, in which he averaged 21.7 points and 11.0 boards a night while shooting 55.8 percent from the field.

His best game of the week came in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks, when he tallied a terrific all-around line of 25 points, 11 boards, four assists and five steals, making nine of his 14 field goal attempts and six of his eight free throws.

Young is recording 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this year.

Houston has won three games in a row to improve to 14-14. It will play host to the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the streaking Pacers have won seven consecutive contests to jump to 20-10 on the year. They will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday evening.