Final Line: 35 points (13-of-16 shooting, 4-of-5 from three), 11 assists, seven rebounds
James Harden's transformation into a superstar during his first season in Houston has been phenomenal.
Harden's efficiency has been off the charts, as he's tailored his game around aggressive drives and plenty of threes.
According to Hoopdata, Harden has attempted 5.8 shots per game at the rim, 2.4 more than he did in 2011-12 with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's also attempted 1.4 more threes per game than he did one year ago and is currently tied for third in the NBA in three-point attempts per game, according to ESPN.
On Feb. 8 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Harden had efficiency on his mind, as he hit on 81 percent of his shots from the field and 80 percent of his looks from beyond the arc.
Harden's performance against Portland was a stern reminder that the Rockets guard is firmly in the running for the league's Most Improved Player award.
The question is, will voters see his improvement as a result of a minutes boost, or will they take into consideration the way he's adjusted his game to make it more efficient?