Rockets star James Harden says return to Thunder will be just another game

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Sporting Alert) — James Harden has played down the media hype surrounding his return to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder (11-4) – calling Wednesday night’s encounter as “just another game.”

Harden will lead his new Houston Rockets (7-7) side into the Chesapeake Energy Arena, a place he used to call home before being traded to the Texas side before the start of the new season.

The former Thunder player admits that he wasn’t sure how he would feel about his return come Wednesday night, but stated that he sees it as just another road game.

“I’m on the road trying to get a win,” Harden said on Tuesday. “That’s no different than when we played at Memphis or Atlanta or whatever the case may be.”

“To be honest, I don’t even know. It will be good to see some faces, some old teammates and coaches.

“They’re all my family. I look forward to every single game I play. It’s just another game.”

Harden, who has quickly developed into one of the league’s early season top scorers with his new club, is currently averaging 25.1 points.

He has collected double digits in all but one game so far this season and is coming off a 24-points and 12-assists performance in a 117-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

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