With Dwight Howard on the verge of returning, the Rockets are in a final push for playoff seeding. And James Harden is in a final push for the MVP award, where he and Stephen Curry are the two leading candidates.
Monday night’s 44-point, 7-assist performance in the Rockets’ 110-100 win over the Pacers doesn’t hurt either cause.
It was Harden’s eighth game of the season with at least 40 points, coming less than a week after his career-high 50 points in a win over the Nuggets. It was also the second time this season he’s done it against the Pacers — he scored 45 in their January 19 home win over Indiana.