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James Harden: Forget the fouls, focus on my greatness

07 January, 2019, 02:52 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • DeMarcus Cousins hangs with Warriors teammate Kevin Durant

Harden's MVP level play continued in Golden State where he absolutely torched the champs, tallying yet another 40-point triple-double.

OAKLAND, Calif. - After blowing a 20-point second-half lead and watching James Harden hit an "impossible" game-winning 3-pointer, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson felt the Golden State Warriors gave away a 135-134 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

The mind-blowing sequence happened late in an overtime thriller between the two teams who went to seven games during last year's Western Conference Finals.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said the Rockets had "lost our swagger" after a 1-5 start to the season, but, despite the absences of Chris Paul and Eric Gordon due to injury, Harden has no doubt the team is back on track after improving to 22-15. He has scored at least 40 points in five consecutive games, joining Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson as the only players to have such streaks in the past 50 years. The most he has scored is 50, which came in a win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14.

Since dropping 50 points on December 13, Harden is averaging 41.1 points, 9.5 assists, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game.

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City was spared from going behind by just 11 millimeters (0.4 inches) of the ball failing to cross the line in the 18th minute. "The Premier League is a tough league, the games keep coming".

With his recent play, Harden leads the league in scoring by a margin of 4.7 points per game. Oscar Robertson previously held the National Basketball Association record for most consecutive 35-point, 5-assist outings at seven games. Kevin Durant (26 points) missed a 3-pointer at the end.

At this rate, Harden will break Curry's record for the most 3-point attempts per game (11.2) in a single season - Harden is now up to 12.2 3-point attempts per game.

Asked if he felt too much energy was spent on critiquing that aspect of his play, Harden said: "Exactly".

Although Giannis Antetokounmpo is Harden's biggest competition for the award at this moment, the evaluation goes a bit deeper than that.

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