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Who would win a one-on-one tournament between the NBA's biggest superstars? This is what our friends at NBA Coast to Coast (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2) will be debating every Tuesday this month, and we're asking SN to weigh in! Each week we'll give you the one-on-one matchups and you vote for the winners until one superstar is declared the winner! Last week, LeBron James bested Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant beat Chris Paul. We've got two more matchups for you this week!
Melo vs. Russ
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony leads the NBA in scoring at 29.0 PPG, but despite being in just his fifth year in the NBA, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (22.5 PPG) isn't far behind.
Harden vs. KD
They were teammates for the last three seasons in Oklahoma City, but Kevin Durant and James Harden are now opponents, both in this one-on-one tournament and in the Western Conference.
Hitting a 3-pointer is among one of the more difficult tasks in sports, but the Rockets didn't seem to have any trouble doing so in their 140-109 win over the Warriors on Tuesday. They tied the NBA record for a game with 23 and probably would have broken it had the Warriors not intentionally fouled their shooters several times near the end of the game. Were the Warriors playing fairly?
Jeremy Lin is having a decent season in Houston, but his position in the All-Star voting might come as a surprise to some fans. Lin is third among Western Conference guards in the voting -- he's only 55,000 votes behind Chris Paul. Winning would nab him a starting spot, but does he deserve one?
Right, it's only one game (a mere 1.2 percent of the season), but the Rockets and James Harden looked pretty good in a 105-96 win over the Pistons. Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin added 12 (including eight assists, four rebounds, and four steals), and the team as a whole looked like it might be getting started on those dynasty plans a year early. Or maybe not. The Pistons aren't exactly the Lakers. But then again, the Lakers aren't exactly the Lakers, at least through the first two games.
$80 million is a lot of money, but it looked like the Rockets spent it well after last night.
The third time was the charm for the Houston Rockets. Unable to swing trades with the Lakers for Pau Gasol or the Magic for Dwight Howard, they landed a blockbuster on Saturday, obtaining James Harden from the Rockets in a six-player deal in which they sent Kevin Martin to Oklahoma City. Reaction poured in from NBA players on Twitter.
Is this houston/okc trade legit??— demarcus cousins(@boogiecousins) October 28, 2012
Really sad to see Kmart and JLamb go...both class acts and great teammates. Welcome Harden, Cook, Aldrich and Hayward to Houston!!— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) October 28, 2012
That trade really happened? Wow— Maurice Harkless (@moe_harkless) October 28, 2012
Hahahahahahahaha hahahaha. OKC is bugging!!!!Hahahahahahahahaha— Malik Allen (@THEleekAllen30) October 28, 2012
James Harden? Is That Trade Real?— Carl Landry (@CarlLandry) October 28, 2012