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James Harden Named Western Conference Player of the Week

Today, the NBA announced that Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 10 (Week 3).  It is the 23rd time Harden has received the award in his career, all coming as a Rocket.

The Rockets were 3-0 for the week and outscored opponents by an average of 15.7 points per game.  Harden recorded a double-double in each game while averaging 40.7 points, 9.3 assist, 8.0 rebounds, 2.33 steals and 1.33 blocks.  He also hit 22 3-pointers on 43.1% shooting for the week while Rockets opponents combined for 20 3FGM on 22.2% shooting.

Harden has scored a total of 334 points in 318 minutes of play this season.  That is the highest total through the first nine games of a season since Michael Jordan scored 337 in 1988-89.  Harden has hit 39 3-pointers this season, marking the fourth-highest total through the first nine games of a season and the most by a player besides Stephen Curry.

The Rockets are 6-3 this season with Harden ranking first in the league in scoring (37.1 ppg) and sixth in assists (8.2 apg).  In 2018-19, he became the first player in NBA history to have averaged at least 35.0 points and 7.0 assists in a single season.