Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

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Harden strengthened his MVP bid with a triple-double game-winning display as the Rockets trumped reigning champions the Golden State Warriors 135-134 in overtime on Thursday. Not to mention Harden's walk-off 3-pointer to win the game. The victory put Houston just two games behind the defending champs in the West and turned the superstar into the 2019 NBA MVP favorite.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson finished with 26 points apiece for the Warriors, while Draymond Green had nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said the Rockets had "lost our swagger" after a 1-5 start to the season, but, despite the absences of Chris Paul and Eric Gordon due to injury, Harden has no doubt the team is back on track after improving to 22-15.

Harden has scored 40-plus points seven times in the last month. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are among the top candidates, as well. Among the NBA's all-time leading scorers, Harden's career 23.5 ppg scoring average ranks 21st and his 16,951 points ranks 96th.

Most impressive of all is that Harden has scored 40 or more points in five straight games, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to score that many points in that many consecutive games.

We all remember the infamous 39-point beatdown Houston received at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs sans Kawhi Leonard in Game 6 of the 2017 conference semifinals, where Harden mustered just 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting.

He's taken his game to another level since mid-November, though, averaging almost 37 points, nine assists and six rebounds per game in that time. He has scored at least 30 points in 11 straight games.

That's in line with what Harden has been doing all season long.

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