James Harden's ridiculous weekend stat lines are out of this world

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How's your weekend going?

Probably not as good as James Harden's has on the stat sheet.

The Beard has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Houston Rockets. On consecutive nights, no less.

With Russell Westbrook grabbing all the headlines about his triple-doubles this season - he has 34 this season and had his streak of four straight snapped on Saturday - Harden isn't too shabby in the stat.

Harden got his 19th triple-double of the season and matched Westbrook with a four-game streak of his own on Saturday, lifting the Rockets to a 109-105 win at Denver.

The circumstances and stats of Harden's streak make it even more impressive than what his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Westbrook did this week.

Harden started the week with a 117-112 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the defending NBA champions.

The former Arizona State guard outdueled LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in the game, finishing with a ridiculous 38 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

The Rockets were then off until Wednesday as the Los Angeles Lakers came to town.

Although Houston won easily and Harden was able to rest and only play 32 minutes (his average is 36.5), The Beard still stuffed the stat sheet.

Harden finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in the 139-100 victory.

The Rockets then hit the road for back-to-back nights with road games Friday and Saturday at the New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets.

While many teams are sitting superstars on back-to-back nights, Harden only went into overdrive, lifting Houston to its 13th win in 14 games playing on the second of back-to-back nights.

After posting a 41-point, 14-rebound, 11-assist night in a 128-112 loss in the Big Easy on Friday, Harden put up 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 109-105 win at Denver on Saturday.

It was the second time this season Harden put up back-to-back games with triple-doubles of 40 points or more.

It's numbers like these that show why Harden is still the favorite to win MVP, as evidenced by a Washington Post survey of more than 100 NBA writers.

The other numbers that support Harden's MVP candidacy are in the NBA standings.

The Rockets have already clinched a spot in the Western Conference playoffs and sit comfortably in third place in the West standings at 48-22.

Five games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the second spot in the West and five games ahead of the Utah Jazz, who are in fourth, the Rockets should have a nice chance to rest Harden in the final 12 games - if that's what coach Mike D'Antoni chooses to do.

But if not, Harden can further pad his pretty impressive case for his first MVP award.

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