See what happens when the Houston Rockets start winning?!? Respect! Both Kevin McHale and James Harden were rewarded for their great performances; McHale winning Coach Of The Month for February and Harden winning Player Of The Week for this past week.
This is the second time Coach McHale has received this award, and the first with the Rockets. The Rockets went 8-2 this month, including finishing off an eight game winning streak. Here’s more from Jason Friedman (Rockets.com):
The Rockets averaged 111.9 points this past month, while holding opponents to 102.2 points per game. The 9.7 scoring differential led the Western Conference and was second in the NBA in Feb. (10.0 by Miami). Houston also owned the best shooting percentage in the West (.491) and ranked seventh in the NBA in field goal defense (.437). The Rockets actually topped the century mark in each of their eight wins.
James Harden was also honored for leading the Rockets to a 2-1 record this week. He averaged of 27.0 points (tied for third in the West), 7.7 assists (fifth in the West) and 2.0 steals. This was his fourth time receiving this award.
Harden likely received the award for his dominant performance against the Sacramento Kings this past Tuesday night, when he netted 43 points on 11/20 shooting (6/9 3-point FG, 15/16 FT), 8 assists, and 3 steals in just 31 minutes of gameplay. Harden’s 43 points were three short of a career-high. Here’s more from Jason Friedman (Rockets.com):
Harden (6-5, 220, Arizona State), who led Houston to 2-1 week, registered a season-high 43 points (11-20 FG, 6-9 3FG, 15-16 FT), eight dimes and three thefts in a 129-103 win at Sacramento (2/25/14). He joined Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler as the only Rockets to record at least 40 points, eight assists and three steals in a game since 1985-86. His 22 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 3FG, 6-7 FT) over the opening 12 minutes against the Kings tied for the most first-quarter points in Rockets history (22 by Kevin Martin on 12/11/10). Harden also finished with 20 points (7-16 FG), a game-high 12 assists and three steals in a 118-110 victory vs. Detroit. He now owns nine 20-point, 10-assist games in his career (Rockets record: 9-0).
The Rockets face the Miami Heat at Toyota Center tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.