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Tracy McGrady was named Player of the Week for final week of 2006-07 and first week of 2007-08, but not consecutive weeks of same season.
James Harden named Player of the Week, becoming the first in Rockets history to win the honor in consecutive weeks within a single season.
James Harden first Rockets player ever to be player of week in consecutive weeks.
Huge congrats to James Harden who, as expected, captures second straight WC player of week award, averaging 30.3 ppg, 6.8 apg & 2.50 steals
James Harden Western Conference player of week for second-consecutive week. Averaged 30.3 p, 6.8 a, 2.5 steals in 4-0 week. Anthony in East.
James Harden since Feb. 1: 28 ppg, 6.1 apg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 spg. Shooting 49.1% from field, 41.7% from 3, translating to 57.5 eFG%, 64.7 TS%.
Been up since 3:30 am
After this killer road trip, Rockets will have just 5 of final 16 games against teams with records better than .500; LAC, OKC, BKN, TO, SA.
Rockets have six losses in 2014; four were in second half of back-to-back. Have just four back-to-backs rest of season.
Psalm 36:5 -- Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
In a 4-0 week after he was POW, Harden averaged 30.3 points, 6.8 a, 5.3 r, while making 53.2 %, 45.2 % of 3s, & with wins vs. Mia, Ind, Por.
Wes Matthews: "We're pissed off. This is the second time in a row when the game was on the line and the whistles changed on us."
James Harden joins Michael Jordan as the only two players since 1985-86 to tally at least 41 points, 10 boards, 6 assists and 6 steals.
Heading to OKC, Chi, Mia this week, Rockets 2 1/2 behind SA for best record in NBA and 3-0 vs. SA this season. Long, long way to go, but...
Rockets have shot a better % than their opponent in eight-consecutive games for second time this season. Longest active streak in league.
McHale: "We'll enjoy this one tonight. I'll watch the final episode of True Detective. Then (we'll go on the road)."
Since 85-86 only James Harden and Michael Jordan have gone 40-10-6-6. Good company.
Huge effort from J-Lin, too. 26 points off the bench. Rockets' remarkable roll continues as they head into OKC Tuesday night.
Rockets 118, Blazers 113. Comeback from down 16 third largest of season. Key win to clich tie-breaker vs. Portland.
Rockets win 118-113. HOU sweeps week that included MIA, IND, PDX. Harden finishes w/ 41/10/6. WC Player of Week award will stay in Houston.
FINAL: Rockets 118, Blazers 113. Incredible comeback. So much to overcome and they did it. Harden (41-10-6-6) and Lin (26p) stepped up.
Lin hits both. That should do it. Rockets up 5, 23 seconds left. Big game for Lin. Big move for McHale going with Lin, Bev, Harden down 13.
Matthews' corner 3 rims in and out. J-Lin knocks down both FTs. He's now got 26 points. Rox up 5, 23 seconds left.
Besides the numbers, Lin has hit some huge, tough shots. Fadeaway over Lopez high degree of difficulty. He's going to line with 23 secs left
Jeremy Lin has 24 pts tonight, the most he has scored in a game in nearly four months when he hit 9 threes against Philly, scored 34 total.
Lin's 24 points are his most since season-high 34 at Philly Nov. 13. Has not had 20 since January.
Howard hits 1-of-2. 116-113 Rockets, Blazers' ball, 35 second remaining.
Lin jumper over Lopez gives Rox 2-point lead. Harden and Hamilton miss, but other H guy, Howard, goes to line, hits 1 of 2, with 35.1 left.
Jeremy Lin hits a fadeaway 14-footer to take the lead, then Dwight is fouled underneath. He makes 1-2. 116-113 Rockets, 35.4 sec left.
Jeremy Lin with another huge shot to give HOU the lead. This time Rox force miss at other end. Howard now to line for 2 FTs. 35.4 left.
Sometimes, it feels like having James Harden on your team just isn't fair. He's that good. 41-10-6 and 6 STEALS. 113-113, 1:31 left.
Blazers are (rightfully) so terrified of Harden and Howard that it's creating tons of space for Lin. He's been taking advantage
Beverley fouls out trying to stop a Matthews breakaway. Took the foul, but Matthews hits both.
And now Beverley joins Lillard. Only appropriate that this would be a game of attrition. Inevitable with way it's been called, too
Lillard hits a 3, then fouls on on next possession on inadvertant elbow to Beverley's face (or actually mask.)
And that's it for Lillard. Blazers up 3 with 3:39 to go, but will have to make do without their best perimeter playmaker now.
Oh, and Parsons has 5, too.
By the way, 5 fouls for Lopez, Harden, Beverley and Lillard. All loom rather large in extra frame.
Harden scored 17 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter, was 4-5 from three in the period. The "MVP" chants have ramped up tonight.
No matter what happens, pretty sure Portland's practice tomorrow will be pretty much all inbounds plays.
None of the final 8 seconds made sense. But hey, free basketball!
Lin steal, Beverley running 3-pointer at buzzer rattles in and out. Overtime.
OOOOH! Overtime after a Beverley three rattles in and out as time expires.
Ridiculous degree of difficulty on that Harden corner 3. Matthews all up in his grill. Tie game, 8.8 to go. 38/9/5. Here come the MVP chants
Great inbounds play again. Matthews was screened. Harden catch and shoot 3. Game tied, 8.8 remaining.
HARDEN FOR THREE!!
Matthews was 10 of 10 before missing his second free throw. Rockets have 11.3 seconds to put up a 3 to force overtime.
So you're saying there's a chance. Matthews was 10-10 at line but misses the 2nd freebie. With 11.3 sec left, Rockets down 3, chance to tie.
Rockets' ball, down 3, 11.3 left. With no timeouts left, gotta go 3 here. Or we could have a dozen more fouls. That would be fun, too.
They say Portland ball. I'm pretty sure the officiating crew is going to want armed escorts when this one is over.
Ruling on floor stands. Portland ball, 13.7 remaining.
Batum has had some monster games vs HOU. His 8/11/5 look good tonight, too. But he has 6 of PDX's 18 TOs, and may have just caused another.
Judging by how long other reviews have taken, we should have a decision before tomorrow's practice starts.
Patrick Beverley made a great defensive play on the inbounds pass. Called off Houston but officials are reviewing to see if off Portland.
Beverley nearly stole the inbounds pass. Video review will determine possession with 13.7 left.
Harden sets a screen for Lin to set up a pass back for a 3. Aldridge fouls Lin, who makes 1 of 2. Rox, down 2, have to foul with 16.4 left.
Jeremy Lin made the first free throw, missed the second. That REALLY hurt. Rockets down 105-103, 14.9 ticks left.
With 19 points, J-Lin is HOU's 2nd-leading scorer tonight. Just 5-14 from field, but aggressiveness has returned which is good news for HOU.
Matthews puts PDX up 3 with 19.6 to go. Unless wide-open 3 presents itself, look for HOU to go for quick 2 here. No need to force anything.
Costly Harden turnover leads to a foul on the other end. Matthews hits 2 free throws. Rockets down by 3, 19.6 seconds left
Lin 3 with 1:26 remaining. Rockets first lead lasted 10 seconds. Blazers back up 1.
J-Lin. For 3. Rockets lead for first time. And it lasts for about 10 seconds.
Jeremy Lin for three! The Rockets have their first lead.
"Refs You Suck" chants have taken over the building. The officiating has been the dominant story all game.
Big key to this quarter is Rox finally giving Blazers a taste of their own medicine. HOU with NINE second chance points in the period.
So about that monster fourth quarter from Harden the Rockets likely needed to win this game: He's got 13 in period, still 3:05 left.
Another Harden triple and we have a two-point game, folks. Place is going crazy.
Rockets on 9-0 run to within four. Harden heating up, has 31, nine rebounds, with 4:02 left.
As often as we cite relative absence of a real homecourt advantage here, this is what we mean. Home crowd tonight providing palpable lift.
This game has featured so much ugly, but the playoff-level intensity can't be denied. Neither can Harden right now.Rox within 4, 4 mins left
It took 44 minutes, but the Houston Rockets have shown up to this game. Harden hits a three and it's 96-92 Blazers.
Then again, what Rockets need more than anything to make that happen: Stops. And lots of them.
Mentioned pre-game that Harden has good shot at 2nd straight Player of Week if Rox win. Might need monster 4Q from him to make that happen.
Call overruled. Inbounds pass was tipped, clocked expired. Basket no good. Portland 85, Rockets 73.
After review, the Dwight basket waived off.
There really should be a time limit on these things. If you can't tell after this long, you can't tell well enough to change call.
Refs still reviewing Howard's bucket to end 3Q. This is bananas.
Teams ready to start fourth quarter. Officials still reviewing Dwight's layup.
Blazers 85, Rockets 75 after 3. Por w 20 2nd-chance pts. Howard, with 17, but just 4 reb. Rox 3 of 16 on 3s. Still reviewing Dwight bucket.
This game, man. Very few folks putting their best foot forward tonight.