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Giannis takes high road in James Harden dig

Feb 29, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo shrugs off James Harden's 'no skill' diss

BAD BLOOD. The rivalry between James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo heats up off court. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

James Harden claps back at Antetokounmpo

Feb 29, 2020 - 1:07 PM

The testy rivalry between the two NBA stars continues as James Harden says there's nothing to get excited about reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

STARS CROSSED. There’s no love lost between James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers shoot down reeling Rockets

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:24 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers rally to overcome the combined 69-point game of Russell Westbrook and James Harden

BACK TO WINNING. The Lakers rebound from a shock loss as LeBron James drops a double-double. Photo from NBA

LOOK: Harden records 11 first half turnovers in 20K-point night

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:56 AM

As the Rockets very well know, you just have to take the good with the bad with James Harden

Harden, Westbrook combine to stop Nuggets

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:42 PM

The Rockets score a payback win over the Nuggets as James Harden and Russell Westbrook team up for 63 points

NBA rejects Rockets protest after blown dunk call

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The NBA acknowledges the referees erred by not granting a coach's challenge for the incident, but the Rockets had 'sufficient time to overcome the error during the remainder of the fourth quarter and two subsequent OTs'

Westbrook triple-double fuels Rockets over Raptors

Dec 06, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Ben McLemore unloads a season-high 28 points in helping the Houston Rockets blast the Toronto Raptors

TD NIGHT. File photo Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets during a game against  the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Harden joins Jordan for third most 60-point games in NBA history

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Despite sitting out the entire 4th quarter, James Harden pumps in 60 points to tie Michael Jordan in the rankings

GREATNESS. James Harden joins an elite group of all-time great scorers. Photo from Houston Rockets

Bombs away as Harden torches Wolves for 49 points

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:24 PM

It's just another day in the office for James Harden as the Rockets star pumps in 49 points on a career-high 41 shot attempts

Harden explodes for 59 points as Rockets escape Wizards

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:03 PM

'I work hard every single day. I fall in love with it, mastering the game,' says Rockets star James Harden after unleashing 59 points

ESCAPE ACT. James Harden and the Rockets slip past the Wizards by a point. Photo from Houston Rockets

Harden drops 40 to lead Rockets over Thunder

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Another James Harden scoring outburst propels the Rockets past the Thunder

WAXING HOT. James Harden scores 40 points to propel the Rockets past the Thunder. Photo from Houston Rockets Twitter.

WATCH: Harden, Westbrook take responsibility for Rockets defeat

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:54 PM

New Rockets star duo James Harden and Russell Westbrook fail to launch in their first game versus Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks

BETTER JOB. Former MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook still think they need to be better. Photos by AFP

'We love China': Harden sorry over Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The tweet sent out by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market

DAMAGE CONTROL. James Harden says he 'loves' playing in China. File photo Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP


Harden, Westbrook want to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook hope to bring their explosive tandem to Team USA's Olympic campaign

ROCKET MEN. Russell Westbrook and James Harden add their names to the list of NBA superstars committing to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo from Houston Rockets

WATCH: Westbrook 'to sacrifice' for Rockets in Harden reunion

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Fans and pundits have been skeptical of the pairing of NBA's most ball-dominant players, but Russell Westbrook and James Harden believe it will work

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS. James Harden and Russell Westbrook form a deadly duo for the Houston Rockets. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets


Harden to skip 2019 FIBA World Cup

Jul 20, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Begging off from Team USA, James Harden wants to focus on the new-look Rockets that also now banner Russell Westbrook

TWO STARS OUT. James Harden’s announcement comes just days after Anthony Davis also decides to skip Team USA’s World Cup campaign. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook 'eternally grateful' to OKC, Harden vows 'fun'

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

'It's been a dream and a whirlwind,' Russell Westbrook writes as he leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder after 11 seasons

SCORING POWERHOUSE. The Houston power pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden unites the NBA's two top scorers over the past 5 seasons. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Foul lane: Harden apologizes for China traffic violation

Jul 01, 2019 - 5:36 PM

James Harden was stopped by police for allegedly riding against traffic and in an area where scooters are forbidden

STOPPED. James Harden may be an expert in getting past defenders in the NBA, but not the police in China. Photo by Bill Baptist/Getty Images


Harden credits international stars for boosting Pinoy NBA dream

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Noting the rise of international basketball players, James Harden says Filipinos should keep chasing the NBA dream

Photo by Michael Gatpandan

WATCH: James Harden maintains urgency as title hunt continues

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:43 PM

In his Manila visit, Rockets superstar James Harden says his drive to win a championship has never been higher

James Harden Presscon. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Antetokounmpo captures maiden NBA MVP award

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo dethrones James Harden and becomes the first player from Greece to be named NBA MVP

GREEK FREAK. Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes the first player from the Milwaukee to win MVP since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar triumphed in the 1973-74 season. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks' Twitter account (@Bucks)


James Harden nears Philippine return

Jun 24, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The reigning NBA MVP will arrive in the country on Tuesday, June 25, to meet with his fans and to give back to the community

THE BEARD IN PH. James Harden will visit the country for the fifth time. Photo by Bill Baptist/Getty Images


Giannis, Harden in NBA team of the year, but no LeBron

May 24, 2019 - 9:25 AM

LeBron James misses out on the All-NBA First Team for the first time since 2007 as Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rockets' James Harden lead the picks

UNANIMOUS. MVP contenders James HArden and Giannis Antetokounmpo earn unanimous first-team selections. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis, Harden, George named NBA MVP finalists

May 18, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Bucks hotshot Giannis Antetokounmpo has been tipped as favorite to win the top individual plum

Harden's vision better but still dealing with pain

May 03, 2019 - 8:56 AM

'If I played barely seeing last game, what makes you think I'm going to sit out Game 3?' says Rockets star James Harden

ALL GOOD. James Harden tries to lead the Rockets out of a 0-2 hole against the defending champion Warriors. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

After eye injury, Rockets' Harden sets sights on Game 3

May 01, 2019 - 3:07 PM

'I didn't have a doubt he was coming back unless it was something catastrophic,' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says of James Harden

POKED. Rockets star James Harden falls to the floor, grabbing his face after being accidentally poked in the eye by the Warriors' Draymond Green. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors' Durant says Rockets' Harden 'clever' not cheater

May 01, 2019 - 11:28 AM

'I just think that he has a style of play, and it might not be what everybody might like to see, but it's been effective,' Kevin Durant says of James Harden

ALL FAIR. Despite a heated Game 1 duel between the Warriors and the Rockets, Kevin Durant thinks James Harden plays by the league rules. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Draymond says officiating 'isn't an exact science' as Harden rues calls

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The Rockets star asks for a 'fair chance' from the referees as the Warriors escape with Game 1 of their West semifinals clash

FIRST BLOOD. Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors escape James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals opener. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Harden's 50-point triple-double fuels Rockets over Kings

Mar 31, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The Rockets oust the Kings from playoff contention as James Harden delivers another record performance

TRIP-DUB TEAR. James Harden posts his 42nd career triple-double.

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Leading MVP contenders Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden throw down some vicious slams

TOP BET. Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to show off his MVP form. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Bledsoe steals show in Giannis, Harden MVP showdown

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe goes on a tear to power the Bucks past the Rockets

TAKING CHARGE. Eric Bledsoe takes over as the Bucks trip Chris Paul and the Rockets. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:00 PM

James Harden records another NBA milestone as LeBron James sees his personal playoff streak end

CONTRAST. James Harden (left) relishes a memorable night with the Rockets while LeBron James absorbs a big blow in his debut season with the Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Harden equals career-high 61 in Rockets win over Spurs

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Reigning MVP James Harden erupts for 61 points to become only the fourth player with multiple 60-point games in a season

CAREER-HIGH. James Harden sizzles in another record-setting night. Photo from NBA Twitter

Virtuoso Harden, Westbrook efforts go in vain

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:14 PM

James Harden erupts for 57 points and Russell Westbrook also scatters 42 points but both fail to lead their teams to victory

NOT ENOUGH. Russell Westbrook and Paul George deliver the numbers but fall short in leading the Thunder past the Raptors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:02 AM

James Harden and Chris Paul put on a show for the Houston Rockets

DAZZLING DUO. Chris Paul and James Harden spice up the Rockets' dominant win over the Hawks. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Harden first in NBA history to drop 30 vs all 29 foes in same season

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The reigning MVP completes the feat with a 31-point outing in the Rockets' dominant win over the Hawks

HISTORY MADE. James Harden becomes the first player since Michael Jordan to score at least 30 points against all NBA teams. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)


WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Mar 05, 2019 - 8:21 AM

James Harden cooks both Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum with his patented stepback jumper

THE BEARD. James Harden shows no mercy on the Boston Celtics as the Houston Rockets cruise. File photo from Twitter (@NBA)


Harden explodes for 58 points as Rockets cool down Heat

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The Rockets superstar proves unstoppable yet again versus a Heat side coming from a rousing upset of the defending champion Warriors

ON FIRE. James Harden comes out firing again after seeing his streak of scoring 30 or more points get snapped after 32 games. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden, Capela take charge as Rockets slip past Hornets

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Returning from a neck injury, James Harden teams up with Clint Capela to power the Rockets to a third straight win

BACK AT IT. James Harden unloads 30 points, but says he’s still getting a feel of the game. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden's streak ends at 32 games

Feb 26, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Harden finishes with 28 points after missing Saturday's victory over the Golden State Warriors with a neck injury

OFF NIGHT. James Harden ends this streak at 32 games. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

No Harden, no problem as Rockets roll past Warriors

Feb 24, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Chris Paul drops a monster game of 23 point, 17 assists and 5 rebounds to power the Rockets' road win over the defending champion Warriors

SENSATIONAL. Chris Paul couples the Rockets’ win with a record-setting night. Photo from Houston Rockets Twitter

James Harden fined $25,000 for ripping referees

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The reigning MVP says NBA referee Scott Foster has a 'personal' issue with the Rockets

FRUSTRATED. James Harden calls a league official ‘rude’ and ‘arrogant.’ Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden's streak survives but T'Wolves ground Rockets

Feb 14, 2019 - 3:03 PM

James Harden ties Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain for the second longest 30-point plus streak in NBA history

STREAKY. Rockets star James Harden ties a league record but the Timberwolves play spoiler behind Jeff Teague and Karl-Anthony Towns. Photo from NBA Twitter

Michael Jordan impressed by Harden, Westbrook records

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:24 AM

The legendary Michael Jordan praises the record-breaking NBA stars, but quips: 'Which is harder from a player's standpoint? Six championships probably'

Harden hits 30th straight 30-point game

Feb 12, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The reigning NBA MVP becomes the second player after Wilt Chamberlain to score at least 30 points in 30 consecutive games

MAGIC 30. James Harden scores 11 points in 3 minutes to end the night with 31 points. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Kyrie Irving on Team LeBron: ‘That’s a great 5’

Feb 09, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Kyrie Irving is impressed with All-Star captain LeBron James’ NBA All-Star picks

Harden extends hot streak as Rockets trip Kings

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Reigning NBA MVP James Harden tallies his 28th straight game of scoring at least 30 points

UNSTOPPABLE. James Harden continues to flash his scoring prowess. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden's 20th 40-point game fuels Rockets' win

Feb 05, 2019 - 2:26 PM

James Harden extends his streak of games with 30 or more points to 27

SCORING LEADER. James Harden scores 44 points to lead the Rockets. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden extends streak as Rockets roll past Jazz

Feb 03, 2019 - 3:13 PM

James Harden sets another record as the reigning MVP tallies his 26th game with at least 30 points for the third longest streak in NBA history

Plucky Pelicans shock Harden, Rockets

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Amid the uncertainty surrounding star Anthony Davis, the Pelicans outlast James Harden and the Rockets

TAKING OVER. Jahlil Okafor drops 27 points to fuel a depleted New Orleans side. Photo from NBA Twitter