NBA MVP candidates Leonard, Harden square off as Spurs host Rockets

Tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m on FSN Southwest

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SAN ANTONIO – On the day San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week, he will be on the same court as one of the leading MVP candidates, Houston Rockets guard James Harden.

Leonard averaged 32 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks over the last week's three games, all Spurs wins.

It is the fourth time in his career Leonard has been named player of the week.

Overall, Leonard is averaging 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.9 steals per game this season. He has scored 30 or more points 20 times this season.

Harden is averaging 28 points a game along with 8 rebounds and 11 assists, but he is only shooting 35 percent from three point range.

The Spurs are holding down the second playoff position in the West, just two and a half games behind the Golden State Warriors.

The Rockets are in the third playoff spot, five games behind the Spurs and seven behind the Warriors.

The Spurs are going to have to do what they can to hold down the barrage of  threes the Rockets fire up. 

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