Rockets' James Harden: Another 50-point effort in loss

Harden ended with 50 points (11-38 FG, 4-20 3Pt, 24-24 FT), nine rebounds, six assists and four steals in 49 minutes during Tuesday's 135-133 loss to the Spurs.

Harden and backcourt mate Russell Westbrook combined to miss 50 shots from the field, but the duo went 28-for-28 at the charity stripe, with the former doing the heavy lifting. Often hailed for his scoring ability, Harden also needs to be recognized for his impact on the defensive end. He ranks seventh in the NBA in steals per game (1.8), which -- combined with his monstrous numbers in the offensive categories -- makes him the No. 1 overall player in eight-category leagues.

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