Most people thought that the Philadelphia 76ers would make easy work of the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
Sure enough, the 76ers walked away with a 123-104 victory over the Rockets, adding yet another win to their 37-19 record.
That means they are in the midst of another winning streak with three triumphs in a row.
It also means that they are just 3.5 games behind the top-seeded Boston Celtics and only a couple of victories away from overcoming the second-place Milwaukee Bucks in the East.
James Harden tonight:
50% FG pic.twitter.com/kTqyt6Evp3
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 14, 2023
Multiple Philly stars were impressive on Monday but it was James Harden who was doing the most.
Harden posted 28 points, 10 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks on a strong 50% field goal percentage.
He led the team, although Tyrese Maxey was hot on his heels with 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
This isn’t the first time that Harden has come alive during a game with the 76ers – he has been fairly consistent all season long.
Harden is a ten-time All-Star and he is looking like one again in 2022-23.
He is averaging 21.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 10.8 assists a game.
He is leading the league in assists and is playing with a lot more speed, enthusiasm, and athleticism.
Partly because of Harden, the 76ers are doing better than they have in years and are enjoying the sort of regular season fans have wanted for a long time.
But the worry is what will happen when the postseason starts.
Neither Harden nor the 76ers have a great track record when it comes to the playoffs.
Both have repeatedly fallen apart when the pressure of the postseason sets in.
But everyone has promised that things will be different this year because everyone is more tuned in than ever before.
That definitely seems to be the case with Harden.NEXT: The 76ers’ Surge To The Playoffs Continues