Netting guard James harden will see his No.13 jersey retired by his former team, the Rockets, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. In a 132-114 win tonight, Harden recorded a triple-double in his first game against his Houston since his trade earlier this season. The loss marks Houston’s 13th in a row.

James harden will always be a rocket, “ Team owner Tilman Fertita said on the text. “Of course we will remove his jersey. It made my first three years of owning this franchise unforgettable. The success he brought to this franchise for eight years and the memories he made for our fan base / community (are) truly remarkable.

In post-match comments made tonight, Harden revealed he found out the news of his impending jersey retirement online, by ESPN’s Malika Andrews (Twitter link). “I hope I did something right, my reaction was he said.

There is more to the Southwest Division:

  • Second year Small spurs forward Keldon johnson returned to the ground for San Antonio yesterday after clearing the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, tweets Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
  • Pelicans sent forward Wenyen Gabriel to join their G League affiliate Erie Bayhawks, team says Press release. The Bayhawks clinched a berth in the upcoming NBAGL playoffs thanks to their play on the Orlando “bubble” campus.
  • Even with the key Spurs rotation players Derrick white, Rudy Gay and Devin Vassell unavailable, a slimmed-down San Antonio roster proved resilient against opponents, writes Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. “They’ve dug deep all year,” Head Coach Gregg Popovich praise. “They never give in.” Trey lyles, in his second year with the club, has blossomed as a starter in his last four games with San Antonio, averaging 11.5 PPG and 6.0 RPG.