​Yes, it's been a nightmare season for the Rockets, but this sure is going to give fans a BIG reason to smile. 

On Thursday night, LeBron James and the LA Lakers came to Houston for a visit, but it was James Harden and the Rockets who stole the show. 

Harden was brilliant, scoring a game-high 50 points to lead his team to a 126-111 win. 

​​Of his 50 points, 31 came in the second half. 

Talk about playing with passion and hunger. The Rockets entered the night in second-to-last place of the Western Conference standings. Not what they drew up leading up to the campaign, but this could prove to be the victory that turns the entire year around. 

Harden added 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the triple-double in the monster win. What a night for the lefty superstar.