Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden players of the month

07 January, 2019, 02:51 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Watch: James Harden's Clutch Three Closes Out Wild Game Between Rockets and Warriors

The Golden State Warriors admittedly do not look like the same team that's been to four straight Finals and won the previous two championships.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey indicated that Houston hopes to make some moves at the trade deadline after the Rockets topped the Warriors 135-134 in overtime Thursday.

Houston Rockets star James Harden wants to win a second consecutive MVP award.

As the season approaches the midway point, Harden leads the league with 33.6 points per game on an average of 22.1 attempts. It wouldn't surprise Curry to see the Rockets in a postseason rematch after the Warriors overcame a 3-2 deficit to beat Houston in seven games in the Western Conference finals previous year. They are climbing the Western Conference standings and getting closer to their spot as one of the top teams in the conference.

Harden also had a triple-double on Monday against Memphis comprising 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.

What he does over the course of the 82-game regular season puts him among the game's elite, but as guys like LeBron James and Kevin Durant can attest, such greatness can only push one's legacy so far. He has scored at least 30 points in 11 straight games.

Houston trailed by as many as 20 points on the road, but thanks to James Harden, the Rockets were able to come back. He's averaging 31.8 FanDuel points through 25 games this season.

While Harden is well aware of his prowess, he wishes pundits and fans would stop focusing on one of the underlying reasons for his gaudy point totals - the frequency with which referees reward him with trips to the free-throw line.

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