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HOUSTON The Houston Rockets have been the hottest team in the NBA since the start of January and now the league is taking note of their performance.

On Monday, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for February. It is the second time McHale has been honored, the last coming back in 2009.

It is the 5th time a Rockets coach has earned the recognition and the first since Rick Adelman back in 2009. The Rockets went 8-2 in February and are 19-6 since January 1st.

At the same time, Rockets guard James Harden was named Western Conference Player of the Week after he led the team to a 2-1 record.

Harden s week was highlighted by a 43 point performance against Sacramento on February 25. He joined Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler as the only Rockets to record at least 40 points, eight assists and three steals in a game since 1985-86.

Harden also finished with 20 points (7-16 FG), a game-high 12 assists and three steals in a 118-110 victory vs. Detroit. He now owns nine 20-point, 10-assist games in his career. The Rockets are 9-0 when he reaches those totals.

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