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

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Harden's backcourt mate Chris Paul has missed the last six games, and yet here are the Rockets, undefeated in those games, capped off by an incredible 20-point comeback against the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in Oracle Arena.

Thirty of Harden's points came on 10 three-pointers as the Rockets went 21-for-54 from beyond the arc and outscored Golden State 63-42 on threes.

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.

Asked if he felt too much energy was spent on critiquing that aspect of his play, Harden said: "Exactly".

The Milwaukee Bucks guard/small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Houston Rockets point/ shooting guard James Harden have been named players of the month for December. He has 40-plus points in his last five games, and the Rockets are surging in the Western Conference after a sluggish start. According to Tas Melas of The Starters, it's something we've never seen before, not even from Curry or Thompson.

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The race for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award is already heating up and it's only January.

After a back-and-forth game, Harden had to hit a 30-foot step-back jumper to get his team into overtime. He's averaging 31.8 FanDuel points through 25 games this season.

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

That's considerably more than every single team in the league. Oscar Robertson previously held the National Basketball Association record for most consecutive 35-point, 5-assist outings at seven games.