Is James Harden a Better Player Than LeBron James Currently?

Is James Harden a Better Player Than LeBron James Currently?

Up stepped the reigning league MVP to tie the game. He's just ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who's been the favorite for just about the entire year. James is on a new team this season, so the group is working out the kinks, but he's still managed to remain a top candidate. It's a welcome sight for the Rockets, to be sure, and Harden is feeling it.

There's no denying the hot streak Harden has been on, as Houston has used its star's performances to climb from 14th to fourth place in the West.

After a rocky start to the season, the Rockets' record now sits at 22-15.

Harden's field goal percentage (.438) is down slightly in his last 12 games, but he's been punishing teams from the 3-point line (.418) and getting to the free throw line at will (13.8 attempts per game).

Houston's defense has been better than it was at the start of the season, but Harden's seemingly impossible numbers have been the driving force in the Rockets' victories.

Nevermind that this was his fifth straight 40-point game.

Harden scored 11 points in overtime, going 3-of-4 from 3-point range. In general, Harden's production and the fact he's winning games at this rate with a shorthanded lineup and a roster with little depth is eye-opening.

The Beard forced overtime sinking a three-pointer and went on scoring a contested three 2.7 seconds to go in the extra time.

Houston led the National Basketball Association with 65 wins in the 2017-2018 season.

Clint Capela recorded 29 points and 21 rebounds, helping the Rockets cut the deficit with some strong play around the rim, but it was Harden who came up with the big bucket at the end of regulation to send it into OT.

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