James Harden scores 45 points in Rockets win over Pacers (VIDEO)

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James Harden has emerged as one of the frontrunners in the MVP discussion this season, and he did nothing to hurt his case during the Houston Rockets’ 110-98 win over the Indiana Pacers. He scored 45 points, just one shy of his career high of 46.

Harden scored his points on an efficient 12-of-18 shooting performance from the field, going 14 for 15 from the free-throw line. He tacked on seven assists and four steals to go with it.