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James Harden insists Thunder reunion is 'just another game'

James Harden isn't making a big deal about returning to Oklahoma City with his new team, the Houston Rockets.

Scott Halleran

James Harden's return to Oklahoma City will be a big deal for a lot of people. It just won't be that big of a deal to Harden himself, if his quotes to the Houston Chronicle are to be believed.

Harden returns Wednesday night to the home of the team with which he spent the first three years of his career and helped lead to the Western Conference Finals. Harden, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, was traded to the Houston Rockets last month after failing to reach a contract extension with OKC.

Still, Wednesday is just another night for the guard:

"I'm on the road trying to get a win," Harden said Tuesday. "That's no different than when we played at Memphis or Atlanta or whatever the case may be."

Harden has led Houston to a 7-7 record while OKC is in its expected spot near the top of the conference with an 11-4 mark. Harden is having a breakout year starting for Houston, averaging 25.1 points per game.

Harden did concede it will be nice to see some old faces:

"It will be good to see some faces, some old teammates and coaches. They're all my family. I look forward to every single game I play. It's just another game."

The Rockets and Thunder tip off Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.