James Harden ties Rockets franchise record for assists in a half

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Harden, who mostly let his teammates do the work after scoring 48 points last game, then took over down the stretch, using a personal 12-2 run to put the game away for Houston.

Houston has now won 16 of thier past 17 games and continue to hold the NBA's best record at 21-4.

Missing their star point guard for half of the season hasn't prevented the Rockets from being a half-game up on the Warriors in the West and three games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs (19-8) in the Southwest Division.

According to a tweet from Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Harden had a whopping 14 assists and zero turnovers in the first half alone. They're playing exceptionally well this season, boasting the best record in the Western Conference. He's shooting 40.6 percent from three-point range while averaging almost 11 attempts per contest.

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Harden finished with six steals against the Pelicans.

With both Harden and Paul healthy, Houston has been unbeatable.

Paul also left his scoring late, with 16 of 20 points in the fourth.

Despite finding success previous year, the Houston Rockets have even loftier expectations for this season.

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As well as Houston's addition of Paul has worked out, that's how poorly Oklahoma City's offseason moves have gone.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, leading short-handed Golden State to the victory. We kept saying that we want to be in the top 10. Once we can find a way to really do it night in and night out, it's no panic mode, but we have to start playing better.

"We went small and they had to adjust to us. once they did that, we had shooters on the court and the lane was wide open".

With the National Basketball Association passing the quarter point of the season, the Washington Post once again polled numerous scribes, including Joe Vardon and I, to get thoughts on the early-season MVP race. "But at some point it's gotta stop".

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Despite having Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant in and out of the lineup, Golden State ranks first in offensive rating (113.9) and fourth in defensive rating (101.2).

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