James Harden with 40 points, triple-double to lead Rockets past Raptors (VIDEO)

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James Harden had a Daryl Morey kind of night — he was 7-of-9 at the rim, 4-of-9 from three, and let’s not talk about the midrange — and that was enough to get the Rockets a big win in Toronto.

More than just scoring 40 points (on 26 shots), Harden had 11 assists and 10 rebounds for another triple-double this season. The Rockets have now won eight in a row, are solidly in third place in the West (key to avoiding Golden State in the second round), and Harden is at the heart of it all.

The Rockets are on pace for more than 60 wins (63 right now). If the Rockets win around 60 and Harden keeps up this pace, does he beat out Russell Westbrook for the MVP?