James Harden vs. Hornets: Stats, Highlights and Reaction

January 10th, 2017 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

James Harden's MVP resume got another boost Tuesday night when the Houston Rockets combo-guard extraordinaire tallied 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in his team's 121-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets at the Toyota Center. 

Harden has now posted triple-doubles in consecutive games, and he joined Russell Westbrook, Pete Maravich and Michael Jordan as the only players to record back-to-back triple-doubles with 40 points in each contest, according to Elias Sports (via the NBA on ESPN). 

On a more macro level, the 27-year-old has 11 triple-doubles in 40 games this season, and the Rockets improved to 31-9—tied for second in the Western Conference with the San Antonio Spurs—by virtue of Tuesday's win. 

All told, Houston was won nine straight dating back Dec. 26. 

"As long as I play the right way and be unselfish and we win games, all that is going to come," Harden said after the game, per the Associated Press' Kristie Rieken. "I don't think about it too much. If it happens, it happens, and the most important thing is winning, and it's been a total turnaround from l ...

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