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James Harden Repeats as Western Conference Player of the Week
Posted: November 18, 2019 -- 2:27 p.m. CT
For the second consecutive week, the NBA announced that Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, November 11 through Sunday, November 17 (Week 4). It's the 24th time in his career that Harden has received the award, all coming as a Rocket.
The Rockets went 4-0 for the week despite being without Eric Gordon and Danuel House Jr. for the final three games, Clint Capela for the final two, and Russell Westbrook for the last game. Harden averaged 44.8 points, 6.8 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.25 steals in the four games. Harden averaged 16.0 fourth quarter points on 58.6% shooting for the week.
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During Houston's current seven-game winning streak, Harden is averaging 43.0 points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the fourth player in NBA history to have averaged at least 43.0 ppg over a seven-game span in which his team went undefeated, joining Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Michael Jordan.
Harden is also averaging 6.6 3-pointers made on 41.4% shooting during the Rockets current seven-game winning streak. He has hit 63 3-pointers overall this season, marking the second-highest total through the first 13 games in NBA history. Harden has scored a total of 513 points in 480 minutes of play this season. That is the highest total through the first 13 games of a season since Wilt Chamberlain had 696 in 1962-63.
The seven-time All-Star is averaging 39.5 points per game this season, which is 9.4 more than the second ranked player among qualifiers. The NBA's number two scorer and the 21st ranked player are separated by an average of 9.7 points per game. Harden is averaging 19.7 first half points and 19.8 second half points. His first half average would rank him tied for 26th in the NBA overall this season while his second half average would rank him tied for 24th.
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