James Harden: Rockets catching 'rhythm at perfect time'

The Rockets improved to 38-25 by beating the Celtics on Sunday, and James Harden thinks things are starting to click.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden feels things are coming together for his team, which is in fifth in the Western Conference.   -  Getty Images

James Harden feels the Rockets have finally hit their stride and have done so at an opportune time. The Rockets won their fifth straight and ninth in their past 12 by overcoming the Celtics, 115-104, on Sunday in Boston, with Harden dropping 42 points.

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Center Clint Capela is working his way back to full fitness after a thumb injury and Chris Paul has put together a strong run of minutes after a hamstring issue that caused him to miss 17 games.

Harden, the reigning NBA MVP, now feels things are coming together for Houston, which is in fifth in the Western Conference at 38-25, six games back of the West-leading Warriors.

"It feels really, really good to kind of have a full roster and catch a rhythm, and this is a perfect time for it," said Harden.

"We're still in fifth place with an opportunity to climb even higher. That's all you can ask for. A lot of teams in that top spot in both conferences haven't really had to go through adversity, so it feels good.

"We haven't had an opportunity to push, push, push. This is a perfect time to push, push, push and catch a groove going into the postseason. Throughout the course of the year, we've been having a lot of injuries, a lot of ups and downs, but we're finally catching a rhythm on both ends of the floor, and it feels great.

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"We're finally healthy, and it feels good. We're winning, guys know their roles, we're executing defensively, we're helping each other out, we're talking — that's what it's all about."