The Rockets won their 8th straight game on Wednesday night and the leader of the Rockets, James Harden, showed up all over the court. Houston could be the hottest team in the NBA over the last few weeks and they showed that again, beating the Sacramento Kings 132-98. Even though the Kings were shorthanded, the Rockets played a great game. James Harden led the Rockets with another triple double on the season. He had 15 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, all in just three quarters of work on Wednesday night.
The Rockets’ current win streak is the longest in the NBA and their longest they have had since 2014. The Rockets need to beat the teams at the top of the NBA and especially the ones in the western Conference. It was Harden's fifth triple-double this season and the 14th of his career, which ties him with Hakeem Olajuwon for most in franchise history. Houston led by 15 points in the third quarter and that is when they decided to take Harden out of the game and give him some much needed rest. Even after Harden came out of the game, the Rockets exploded and really increased their lead on the Kings.
If James Harden and the Rockets can keep up their aggressive play, they surely will be in the thick of things at the end of the NBA season. Harden is often criticized for not being a great leader for his team, but he has been leading them every way possible this year. Harden was able to grab his 10th rebound of the night a few minutes before he exited the game in the third quarter. The Kings played without three starters, with Rudy Gay (hip flexor strain), Ben McLemore (left quadriceps contusion) out with injuries and DeMarcus Cousins getting a planned day of rest. Even if these players would of played, it would of been tough for them to compete with the Rockets, who are playing at the top of their game right now.
The Rockets hope to keep their winning streak alive moving forward this season. Harden will have to keep up his top play if they want to beat the Warriors and Spurs in the West. Harden will surely surpass the Rockets’ single season record for triple doubles. Although, he will have to get help form his teammates, if they plan on making the next step towards a championship. Fans in Houston are really happy right now with their home town team and they should be after the 8 game win streak they are currently riding.