This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Houston Rockets.
But once James Harden came to town, the plans all changed.
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year has taken advantage of his new role as a number one option on offense. His 25 points per game, fourth in the league, and solid all around play has led the Rockets to a 13-12 record, which would put the team in the playoffs if the season ended today.
Last night against the Philadelphia 76ers, Harden had another great game, dropping 33 points and 7 assists to help the Rockets to a 125-103 victory
In the waning seconds of the third quarter, Harden made arguably his best play of the night.
He drove the lane, only to be cut off by Sixers’ big man Spencer Hawes. Harden, though, was not fazed. He pivoted away from the pressure and threw a crafty bounce pass between Hawes’ legs, finding the unheralded youngster, Greg Smith, for a layup.