James Harden confident of being MVP again: 'It's coming back'

James Harden believes his performances merit him being named MVP again, declaring “it’s coming back” after he continued his hot streak against the Celtics on Thursday.

The Rockets guard had 45 points in his team’s 127-113 victory, meaning he has scored 30 or more in eight successive games and at least 35 in his last six.

Harden’s form has helped propel the Rockets to eight wins in nine games, lifting last season”s Western Conference finalists in the standings after a shaky start.

Having been named MVP for the 2017-18 campaign, Harden, 29, also feels he is “in that conversation” when it comes to discussing candidates for this season’s award.

“Of course I should be in that conversation,” he told the media. “I mean, I receive a lot of hate, but it won’t stop me from going out there and killing every single night, being that dog that I am.

“You can name a few other people that should be in the conversation. But realistically? It’s coming back.”

Warriors guard Stephen Curry was the last player to be named MVP in successive seasons, securing the honor in 2015 and ’16.

Harden scored 17 points in the first quarter against the Celtics and hit 9 of 18 3-point attempts. He also recorded six assists in the home victory.

His red-hot form has helped improve the Rockets to a 19-15 record, and coach Mike D’Antoni praised the six-time All-Star.

“He has a mastery of the game and a control and an ease of which he plays,” D’Antoni said. “It’s fun to watch.”