The Houston Rockets have taken the season series over the Golden State Warriors and now confidence is at an all-time high for a Western Conference hopeful, one that has been described as the best shot to take down the teams who’s had the best record during the last three seasons.

For James Harden, in his second game back from a seven-game absence due to a hamstring injury, the hype is real — and confidence is never something he’s been shy of — even less so after a 116-108 win over the defending champions.

“We’re for real, for real. We are for real as it can get,” Harden told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “I have never been this confident playing in my entire career. Not only by adding Chris [Paul], but the rest of our team. We have a team with depth that at any moment can impact the game. We just got to stay locked in the rest of the season.”

Paul’s addition to this team has propelled this team to much greater heights, allowing head coach Mike D’Antoni to keep a Hall-of-Fame-caliber ball-distributor on the floor at all times.

The Rockets are 17-0 when Harden, Paul and young center Clint Capela start together this season and 15-12 when any of the three is missing, undoubtedly making them the pillars of D’Antoni’s equation.

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“We’re just so confident. Confident that we can work well together,” Harden said of the trio.

Harden was still working himself back into the mid-season flow, but his jump from 25 to 34 minutes saw him back to his high-scoring ways, dropping 22 points and eight assists in the game.