Harden: Focus on 'greatness of what I'm doing,' not foul calls

S+A to air Rockets v Warriors to welcome 2019 with a bang

S+A to air Rockets v Warriors to welcome 2019 with a bang

Harden is leading the National Basketball Association with a career-high 33.6 points per game and is the current favorite to capture his second MVP award in a row. 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. The game victor was a 29-foot pull-up that Harden made despite being tightly contested by Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

"He just did what he does", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, via 95.7 The Game. The Rockets are now on a 49-win pace, though their latest hot streak has them only 3.5 games out of the West's No.1 seed.

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

Harden wasn't even in the discussion a month ago when the Rockets were the NBA's most disappointing team. "Might as well give up".

He also has 13 double-doubles on the season, tying him with Jrue Holiday for the third-most among guards.

After knocking down the shot over Klay and Draymond that could've easily been called a foul, Harden can be seen barking a few pleasantries at Draymond Green. "That'd be the only way". On paper, Harden likely gets the edge now, but the Lakers star also has more talent around him in the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and other strong role players.

"I've got the total package", Harden said after the Rockets' 135-134 road win, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "It's a big time shot, and I'm happy we came out with the win". It's simple as that. "That's what we need to focus on".

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