Sport Harden begins 2020 with new braids, headband look
05:15 04 january 2020
05:15 04 january 2020 Source: rocketswire.com
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The Clippers-Rockets rivalry has been brewing for some time and now has blossomed into NBA's next best thing.And once the Houston Rockets clinched a 122-117 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday at Staples Center, one thing became abundantly clear: Both teams provided plenty of evidence that suggests that the heated rivalry is in full-tilt and to expect a close and contentious series come playoff time.
Harden scores 47, Rockets outscore short-handed Suns, 139-125
James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 77 points in leading Houston past Phoenix as the Suns dropped a sixth straight game. Harden scored a game-high 47 with 29 coming in the first half while Westbrook went for 30 points and 10 assists. The Rockets (20-9) shot 58.6%, hitting 19-of-41 from 3.BOX SCORE: ROCKETS 139, SUNS 125The Suns (11-18) were once again without Deandre Ayton, who missed a second straight game with a right ankle sprain after suffering it in his return game Tuesday from his 25-game suspension. Ricky Rubio also sat out with an illness.Start the day smarter.
Houston Rockets starhas a new look for the new year.
In the team’s first game of 2020, Harden emerged just before tipoff of Friday’s game versus Philadelphia with braided hair and a headband.
The NBA’s scoring leaderduring his pregame shooting work on the Toyota Center court to conceal the change.
Known best for his long beard, Harden has become renowned over the years for hisand accessories. In October, the Rockets literally rolled out a for Harden and his teammates before the regular-season home opener.
Friday’s new look was accompanied by throwback uniforms from the 1990s, which the Rockets wear each Friday game as part of a Flashback Friday theme honoring the 25th anniversary of the 1994-95 title team.
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The entire NBA landscape can be altered overnight. Unlike the three other major North American professional sports leagues, the acquisition of one player in the Association can single-handedly shift the balance of power. The era of player empowerment has resulted in numerous stars orchestrating their way out of undesirable situations, shaping some of the monumental trades of the last decade. Poor managerial foresight and small-market financial restrictions also contributed to blockbuster deals.With all of the above considered, here are the five biggest trades of the last 10 years:5. Nixed CP3 deal launches "Lob City" era ⬆️Date: Dec.
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As far as the Rockets (23-11) are concerned, all that truly matters is whether Harden — braids and headband, or otherwise — can maintain his historic levels of production. Harden entered Friday averaging 38.2 points per game in the 2019-20 season to date, which would be the highest season total of any NBA playerand the most ever by a guard.
The former MVP is also in the league’s top 10 in assists at 7.5 per game.
Harden was recently named West Player of the Month for December games, with the Rockets winning 10 of the 14 games in which he played.
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Harden has 35 as Rockets down Nuggets 130-104
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 35 points after missing the last game with an injury to lead the Houston Rockets to a 130-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. The Rockets were back to full strength after Harden missed his first game of the season because of a sprained right toe in a loss to New Orleans on Sunday. Clint Capela (bruised heel) and Russell Westbrook (load management) also returned after sitting out on Sunday in the 127-112 defeat. BOX SCORE: ROCKETS 130, NUGGETS 104Houston pushed a small lead to a big advantage with a 19-3 run to start the fourth quarter.
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