Russell Westbrook has been under MVP and triple-double watch since the season began, but a former teammate of his is doing his best to keep pace. 

James Harden posted his second consecutive 40-point triple-double last night in Houston's 121-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Last night's 40 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists was the second time in his career that Harden has posted such a line, putting him behind just Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson all-time. 

His 11th triple-double of the season,​ Harden trails only Westbrook, who has 17 on the year

The MVP hopeful has eight more triple-doubles on the season than LeBron James. The game brought Harden's season averages to 28.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and 11.8 APG. 

The Rockets are ​10-1 this season when Harden posts a triple-double, and his career year has propelled the Rockets to a 31-9 start to the season, the third best record in the NBA.