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James Harden: Houston Rockets must grow to win NBA title





  • Houston Rockets sit third in the Western Conference with a 49-22 record so far
  • Their record is better than current champions Cleveland Cavaliers (46-24)
  • James Harden is enjoying a MVP season averaging 29.4 points and 11.2 assists

By Luke Augustus for MailOnline

Published: 20:27 GMT, 24 March 2017 | Updated: 11:28 GMT, 25 March 2017

James Harden has implored he and his Houston Rockets team-mates to kick-on as they seek a NBA title this summer.

After a disappointing campaign last year, the Rockets are flying 12 months on - sitting third in the Western Conference.

Their 49-22 regular-season record is the third best overall this term too - with current champions Cleveland Cavaliers at 46-24 in the East.

James Harden has urged his Houston Rockets team-mates to kick-on ahead of the post-season James Harden has urged his Houston Rockets team-mates to kick-on ahead of the post-season

James Harden has urged his Houston Rockets team-mates to kick-on ahead of the post-season

But despite their stellar form, shooting guard turned All-Star point guard Harden believes there is still more to come from them as the franchise seeks it's first NBA title since 1995.

Speaking about their prospects he told Sportsmail exclusively: 'I think overall, offensively and defensively, we just need to continue to get better, continue to grow, and continue to prepare for this home stretch post-season.

'We have the third-best record in the NBA, so I must say we’re pretty good. Solid.

'We’ve got to make sure we're ready to go, that we're always playing a high level for the rest of the regular-season games and then be ready to take on any team in the post-season.'

Harden is firmly in the MVP race this season as he averages 29.4 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds a game.

Harden is averaging 29.4 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds a game this term at point guard Harden is averaging 29.4 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds a game this term at point guard

Harden is averaging 29.4 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds a game this term at point guard

The 27-year-old is flourishing in new head coach Mike D'Antoni's system with the latter deploying him as their point guard for a more fluid team offense.

And Harden is full of praise for how the setup has beneffited him to find his team-mates in certain spots on the floor.

'Yeah, for sure. Obviously, the personnel fits for that as well,' he added when asked if their style is different to his previous years at the Toyota Center.

'But just knowing where guys are going to be, knowing where they should be, and that's the most important. Making sure that I find them and making sure I make the right pass is something that I think about every game.'

Mike D'Antoni has overseen the franchise to third in the West with a 49-22 record so far Mike D'Antoni has overseen the franchise to third in the West with a 49-22 record so far

Mike D'Antoni has overseen the franchise to third in the West with a 49-22 record so far

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