James Harden on first 2017-18 NBA season matchup vs. Spurs
The Houston Rockets are flying high after having won their 12th straight game in a lopsided victory over the formidable San Antonio Spurs. Once again, the Rockets were led by their superstar backcourt pairing of point guard Chris Paul and shooting guard James Harden.
While it was certainly a big game for the Rockets, it was also a small taste of redemption for Harden after his team was bounced out of the Western Conference semifinals in last year’s playoffs. While he acknowledged the solid win, Harden is more focused on the task at hand for the 2017-18 NBA season, according to ESPN’s Alykhan Bijani:
“Obviously, they’re a good team. They’ve been a great team for many years. It’s not about them, it’s about us, us getting better every single game, every single practice, every single time we watch film. Just growing this thing together.”
Even more encouraging, the Spurs recently welcomed back superstar forward Kawhi Leonard back into the mix earlier this week. However, Houston still managed to lead by double digits for a majority of the game thanks to the stellar performances of Harden and Paul.
Not only does their victory further cement their status amongst the NBA’s elite, but it may also potentially give them the edge down the line as well. In all likelihood, these are two teams that could square off at some point in this year’s playoffs.