James Harden
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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said James Harden could average 40 points per game, if he continues playing the same way.

“We can win games this way. It’s just the way he is. He’ll do what it takes to win. Here’s a guy, he didn’t have to play. It’s preseason. He doesn’t have to start the season like this.

But you know he wants to. He has that edge. He’s got that gene. Whenever he plays, he’s going to give us a chance. Whenever he plays, games or practice, he’s all business.

Every year he gets better. Every year his scoring average goes up. If that continues, he’ll get up close to 40. It’s what he does,” D’Antoni said, per Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.

Harden scored 44 of Houston’s 144 points in the preseason finale against the Miami Heat.