Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Rockets GM: Harden possibly the best offensive National Basketball Association star ever

Rockets GM: Harden possibly the best offensive National Basketball Association star ever

Golden State led by 20 a minute into the second half, but Harden dominated the remainder of the quarter to get the Rockets within striking distance, contributing 13 points and 6 assists to Houston's 39-point frame.

James Harden hit two massive three pointers to earn his Houston Rockets a hard fought victory over the reigning two-time champion Golden State Warriors.

Harden's game, his second triple-double of the week, also put the cap on a ridiculous run that has seen him score at least 40 points in five games straight while nailing an insane 37 3-pointers over that span.

A week ago, the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard made a 26-foot 3-pointer before falling down along the right side to lift his team to a 110-109 overtime win at Oracle Arena.

The team was 11-4 in December with Harden averaging 36.4 points, 7.9 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.80 steals, according to the Houston Rockets.

After a rocky start to the season, the Rockets' record now sits at 22-15. The most he has scored is 50, which came in a win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14. Recent examples include a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day and another one-point setback vs. the Portland Trail Blazers on a last-second shot by Damian Lillard. Klay Thompson, when he broke Stephen Curry's National Basketball Association record with 14 made 3-pointers earlier this season.

At this rate, Harden will break Curry's record for the most 3-point attempts per game (11.2) in a single season - Harden is now up to 12.2 3-point attempts per game.

When he was recognized as the league's most valuable player last season, Harden posted 30.4 points and 8.8 assists per game.

The Warriors were relatively successful with their top priority of defending Harden, which was to limit his trips to the free throw line.

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