Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden (34 points on 9-of-15 shooting) had his best game of the series Friday in Game 6.
Insight: It's the first time Harden has shot over 50 percent in the series. Unfortunately, it will also be his last game as Houston was eliminated on Damian Lillard's buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of regulation. Harden will finish the series averaging 26.8 ppg on 37.6 percent shooting.
4/16/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday to rest, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Harden followed up his breakout 2012-13 season with a nearly identical 2013-14. He averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.6 steals. Harden produced 28 ppg and 7.3 rpg over his last 29 games.
4/13/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored 33 points for the third time in his last four games Saturday against New Orleans.
Insight: How's that for consistency? Harden has caught fire in the second half, delivering 28.1 ppg in his last 27 outings. He's also improved his assist rate from 5.3 apg in the first half to 7.4 since the break.
4/9/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden suffered a shin inury and went to the locker room Wednesday, but he checked back into the game 10 minutes later, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: We may see Harden and Houston's other starters get a game off with only a few remaining before the playoffs, but he's back Wednesday.
4/9/2014 9:13:00 AM
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden contributed 33 points and 12 assists Tuesday in a win against the Lakers.
Insight: And that came in only 32 minutes of action. The Rockets can still catch the Clippers for the No. 3 seed so they'll have plenty to play for Wednesday night at Denver.
3/30/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: James Harden was feeling it Saturday against L.A.
Insight: Harden connected on nine of his 22 shots for 32 points. He also contributed seven rebounds and six assists. Despite his success shooting the basketball, the turnovers are starting to pile up for Harden (6 TO). He's now committed six or more turnovers eight times this season.
3/27/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had his second career triple-double Thursday against the 76ers. He finished with 26 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds to go with three threes and one steal.
Insight: Harden accomplished the feat with a full quarter to spare. The Rockets shooting guard has really heated up from 3-point range since the start of February. In his past 23 games, he has made 3.2 threes per game and .438 percent of his shots from behind the arc. He hit just .321 from long distance and 2.0 threes per game his first 40 contests.
3/22/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden torched the depleted Cavaliers for 37 points, 11 assists and five threes Saturday.
Insight: Harden made 9-of-15 from the field and 14-14 from the foul line, grabbed three rebounds and had four steals in the masterful performance. He has been shooting lights out for the past two months, making more than 3.0 threes per game since Feb. 1.
3/16/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden bounced back from scoring just eight points Thursday at Chicago with 30 points Sunday against the Heat.
Insight: Harden has played 40+ minutes in eight of his last 12 games and averaged 27.7 ppg over his last six games even with the eight-point game thrown in.
3/12/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden came close to a triple-double Tuesday against the Thunder.
Insight: In 44 minutes, Harden produced 28 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. He's made 14 of his 26 three-point attempts over his last three games (53.8 percent).
3/9/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden went ballistic Sunday against Portland.
Insight: Harden's three-pointer with eight seconds left forced overtime. Overall, he finished with 41 points, ten rebounds, six assists and six steals in 47 minutes. He'll have one night to rest before Tuesday's matchup with OKC.
3/5/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden poured in 31 points Wednesday in a win against the Magic.
Insight: Harden scored 25 of his points after half time. The two-time All-Star has posted 20 or more points in seven of his last eight appearances.
2/26/2014 9:08:00 AM
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden delivered a season-high 43 points Tuesday in a win at Sacramento.
Insight: Harden probably could have put up 50 if he had played the fourth quarter. As usual, the bearded one made his living at the line, drilling 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. He was also incredibly effective from deep, knocking in six of his nine three-point attempts. Harden has averaged 33.5 ppg in four games since the All-Star break.
2/23/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden will be active for Sunday's game against Phoenix. SOURCE: Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Harden (24.3 ppg, 5.4 apg, 4.7 rpg) has been battling a hyperextended elbow. If Harden is limited or suffers a setback, Jeremy Lin (13.1 ppg, 4.4 apg) would fill in at shooting guard.
2/22/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Houston guard James Harden practiced Saturday after suffering a hyperextended right elbow Thursday. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, rockets.com
Insight: Harden's chances of playing Sunday didn't look good Thursday when he was dealing with throbbing pain and couldn't dribble with his right hand. However, he should be able to go against the Suns after practicing Saturday. He shoots with his left hand so he should be able to put up his usual offensive numbers.
2/12/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Houston guard James Harden scored 35 points while taking just 14 field-goal attempts Wednesday against the Wizards.
Insight: Harden made 8-of-14 (3-6 3PT) from the floor and 16-of-16 from the foul line while chipping in six rebounds and six assists. The All-Star guard has put up 25.4 ppg in February.
2/1/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Houston guard James Harden is back after missing two games with a bruised thumb. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, Rockets.com
Insight: He'll get the start Saturday against Cleveland. Harden (23.7 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.9 rpg) has not played against the Cavaliers yet this season. The 24-year-old was recently named to his second All-Star team.
2/1/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden (thumb) missed Wednesday's game and is questionable for Saturday's matchup with Cleveland.
Insight: The good news is that he made it through the morning shootaround. Harden will be a game-time decision.
1/31/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden (thumb) missed Wednesday and is questionable for Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Jeremy Lin started in his place and is playing heavy minutes. He scored 18 points in each of the last two games and is at least a temporary fix.
1/29/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden (thumb) has officially been ruled out Wednesday, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Harden will miss his second straight game due to a bruised thumb. Jeremy Lin started in his place Tuesday and played 44 minutes, scored 18 points and had eight assists.
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