James Harden named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for second time since joining Nets


James Harden has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week, and looking at his numbers through the past four games, it’s tough to argue against the Nets’ newest star taking home the award for his second time in a Brooklyn uniform.

Harden earns the honor after leading the Nets to four wins in as many games over the past week, continuing a winning streak that now spans six games, and with both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant missing time during this recent stretch, Harden has been stepping up on the offensive end.

In the Brooklyn's four games last week, all on the road while on the team’s west coast swing, Harden averaged 31.8 points per game while averaging a plus-minus of 12.5. Harden shot an incredibly efficient 48.6 percent from beyond the arc, and posted a field goal percentage of 55 percent. The 31-year-old shined in Tuesday’s win over Phoenix, when he finished with 38 points, and helped take down the Clippers on Sunday with 37 points.

Harden also kept the ball moving this past week, averaging 10.8 assists per game. He nearly averaged a triple-double for the week, pulling down 9.0 total rebounds.

Harden and the Nets are back in action against the Kings on Tuesday night, the team’s first home game since Feb. 10.

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