(via USA Today)

James Harden recently made a bold prediction about the fate of his Houston Rockets this season. Without hesitation, he claimed he and his squad were bringing the title back to H-Town and seemed rather at-ease about the battles ahead.

It’s too early to tell whether or not he will make do on that promise, but he’s looked good so far.

In just the first quarter of Houston’s match against the Mavericks, Harden went off for a whopping 23-points, looking like a man on a mission. Online, people raved about his stellar and refreshing performance.

He ended the game with 49 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists in the 153-149 victory.

James Harden and the Rockets are trying to recover from what was seen as a mostly disappointing season. Amid changes, brutal cold streaks, and a no-center lineup they made famous in February, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for Houston this campaign.

Nonetheless, with Harden, they will always have a chance. Today, he has proven that and despite what the naysayers may think, he is going to be a problem in the next few weeks and months to come.