James Harden 1st player to win Conference Player of the Week twice in 1st 3 weeks
James Harden is continuing to play at a very high level this season, and is once again off to a hot start. During the Houston Rockets’ blowout win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday, he scored a career-high 56 points, to go along with 13 assists, in a dominating performance.
The Beard was also responsible for 90 points on the night, which is the third-highest total in NBA history. However, that’s not just the only record he broke recently, as he was named the Western Conference Player of the Week as well. With his latest honor, he is now the only player from the West to win it twice in the first three weeks of a season, according to Adam Reisinger of ESPN.
“James Harden is the first player to win Western Conference Player of the Week twice within the first three weeks of the season since Kobe Bryant in 2011-12. LeBron James has done so three times in the East in that span, and Andre Drummond also pulled off the feat in 2015-16.”
After finishing second in the MVP voting last season, Harden is looking more than ready to make another strong case for himself this year. He is currently averaging 29.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 35.5 minutes per game, and has made it possible for the Rockets to sit on top of the Western Conference with an 8-3 record. What’s even more impressive is that he and his team have found a way to win despite missing the services of Chris Paul, who is continuing to recover from a bruised knee.
With how impressive Harden has been playing so far, it won’t come as a complete surprise if he’ll be able to break a few more records this season. Should that be the case, the Rockets will be able to live up to expectations, and prove that they truly deserve to be considered as serious title contenders.