HOUSTON Houston Rockets guard James Harden was named today by the NBA as Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Mar. 3 through Sunday, Mar. 9.

It marks the fifth such honor of his career.

Harden becomes the first player in Rockets history to win Player of the Week in consecutive weeks within a single season. Tracy McGrady earned this honor for the final week of the 2006-07 campaign and was the first winner of Western Conference Player of the Week for the 2007-08 season.

Harden (6-5, 220, Arizona State) averaged 30.3 (.532, 42-79 FG; .452, 14-31 3FG), 6.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.50 steals in leading Houston to a 4-0 week with home wins over the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers.

He started the week with 21 points (9-15 FG) and a game-high 11 assists in a 106-103 win vs. Miami (3/4/14). Harden then netted 25 of his 31 points in the second half of a 101-89 comeback victory at Orlando (3/5/14). He added 28 points (10-17 FG) and three thefts in a resounding 112-86 win vs. Indiana (3/7/14).

He capped his week off with 41 points (12-28 FG, 10-11 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals in a 118-113 OT win vs. Indiana (3/9/14), which included matching his career high in 3-pointers made (7-12 3FG).

Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only two players since 1985-86 to record a game with at least 41 points, 10 boards, six assists and six steals. He also nailed a 3-pointer with 8.8 seconds left in regulation to even the game at 106-106 and force OT with the Blazers.

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