Rockets' Harden named Western Conference player of the month

DeMarcus Cousins hangs with Warriors teammate Kevin Durant

Following a 135-134 overtime victory against the Golden State Warriors without teammate Chris Paul in which Harden simply went wild, the MVP chatter was at an all-time high. "I think we've been trying to win the title for a while, and we had a couple years before we got James where we probably didn't have as much of a chance to win, where we were probably a little more future-focused".

"It's special. He's doing stuff that no one in National Basketball Association history has done, or very few", Morey said of Harden. Harden's play has been the definitive reason for the turn around, and in Thursday night's win over the defending champions, it was abundantly clear why.

The insane part is, he also hit a 3-pointer that wound up sending the game into overtime.

That's in line with what Harden has been doing all season long.

At one point in the first half the Rockets trailed by 20, but centre Clint Capela and Harden lead the visitors to within three with 43 seconds to go in regulation. He hasn't scored less than 30 points in a game since December 11.

"You don't. You can't", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said when asked how Harden could be defended when he's hitting his stepback. On paper, Harden likely gets the edge now, but the Lakers star also has more talent around him in the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and other strong role players.

He also has 13 double-doubles on the season, tying him with Jrue Holiday for the third-most among guards.

"I take my shots, I drive to the basket", Harden said.

Yeah, I mean they're obviously an unbelievable team again, and we think we can get there and give them a real run for their money again.

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