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James Harden Named Western Conference Player of the Week


NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2012The Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden were today named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 4.

Harden led Houston to a 2-1 mark to open the season while pacing the league in scoring (35.3 ppg). In his debut as a Rocket, Harden scored 37 points, dished out 12 assists, grabbed six rebounds and collected four steals at Detroit on Oct. 31. Harden joined Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade as the only NBA players in the last 25 years to post at least 37 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, four steals and one block in a single game. His 37 points was the third-highest point total for any Rocket player in his debut, while the 82 points he scored in the Rockets’ first two outings was the most by any NBA player in his first two games with a team in NBA history.

Here is a recap of the week for Harden:

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Oct. 31 @ Detroit: Scored 37 points, dished out 12 assists and tallied six rebounds and four steals in a 105-96 road win over the Pistons.

Nov. 2 @ Atlanta: Scored 45 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 109-102 road victory over the Hawks.

Nov. 3 vs. Portland: Scored 24 points, collecting six rebounds and five assists in a 95-85 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers. 

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Miami’s Chris Bosh, Orlando’s Glen Davis, Golden State’s Carl Landry, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.