The Houston Rockets stumbled on Sunday evening against the Orlando Magic. James Harden was more than ready to make sure his squad did not lose two games in a row on Monday when the Rockets hosted the Memphis Grizzlies.
Sky Sports indicates that Harden seemed like a man on a mission Monday night as he poured in a franchise-record 36 points in the first half to help Houston cruise to a 112-94 victory over the Grizzlies.
To say James Harden is on a roll is a huge understatement. Right now, Harden is on pace to smash all kinds of scoring records, and the scary part is that he is making it look easy!
The Rockets shooting guard extended his streak of 30 plus-point games to 17 straight on Monday as he scored a season-high 57 against the Grizzlies. The former Arizona State Sun Devil standout scored 36 of his 57 points before halftime. Yes, there are a lot of games left to play in the regular season, but it is going to be hard to make a case against Harden winning his second straight MVP.
On paper, it may have looked like Harden and the Rocket’s cruised to an easy victory, however, Harden’s latest big game came on a night where he was without three key starters.
Center Clint Capela was the latest to be added to the injured list for the Rockets. Head coach Mike D’Antoni said Capela may miss significant time but won’t know anything officially until later this week. Capela joins stars Chris Paul and Eric Gordon as part of the walking wounded in Houston.
Danuel House, Jr. scored 15 and Gerald Green added 14 off the bench for the Rockets.
Houston will now try to build on their first-place lead over the San Antonio Spurs this week as they continue their three-game homestand. Next up for the Rockets is a tilt with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, January 16. Houston will close out the quick homestand on Saturday, January 19th when they face the Los Angeles Lakers.