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James Harden matches Houston Rockets record

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Houston Rockets star James Harden continues to produce inspiring performances this season and the past three matches have been no different, producing an average of more than 37 points in a trio of games to match a franchise record that dates back to 1994-95.

Harden has knocked down 38 points in two of those games, including a masterful showing against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

The former Thunder star hit 14 out of 23 from the field as Houston romped past an indifferent Lakers side still missing Kobe Bryant by a wide 113-99 margin, allowing Harden to match Hakeem Olajuwon's efforts from the best part of two decades ago.

Houston's play-off charge has largely been kept on track by Harden's efforts, allowing Dwight Howard to recover from injuries and slowly play his way into the kind of form that could make Houston genuine contenders in the play-offs this season.

Olajuwon's heroics could be trumped by Harden this weekend, with back-to-back games against the Atalanta Hawks and Washington Wizard presenting favourable chances to continue an impressive 37-point scoring standard.

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