Kawhi returns to San Antonio, Harden lifts Rockets in Golden State

Tanya Simon
January 7, 2019

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four during the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2017 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

James Harden has been on an absolute tear lately, and it's one his GM thinks he can keep up. DeRozan got his first career triple-double, stuffing the stat sheet with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and 2 steals. In San Antonio, it was the return of Kawhi Leonard, who led the team to National Basketball Association championship in 2014. In December, Harden averaged 36.9 points, 7.9 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game with a 44.6/41.3/87.1 shooting split, finding his groove to the dismay of his opponents.

Raptors guard Danny Green went 0 for seven from the field and 0 of six from three-point range in Toronto's loss to the Spurs. Clint Capela, who just signed a massive extension in the summer, came up big with 29 points and 21 rebounds. Nikola Jokic, an early MVP candidate this season, racked up 26 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. The Warriors appeared to be headed for an easy night as they held a 20-point lead in the first half.

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Kings guard Iman Shumpert also went 0 for seven from the field in Sacramento's defeat to Denver.

Spurs forward Rudy Gay threw one down in transition.

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