The Houston Rockets were without Chris Paul on Friday night, which meant they needed it to be the James Harden show once again. Harden, as expected, obliged. One of the frontrunners for MVP, Harden put together another magnificent performance, pouring in 51 points on 15-28 shooting, while also adding eight assists, four rebounds, and three steals. It was his second-straight 50-point performance, following up on his 51-point game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. In doing so, Harden became the first player to score 50-plus points in back-to-back games since Kobe Bryant dropped 50-plus four straight times back in 2007.