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James Harden: Forget the fouls, focus on my greatness

07 January, 2019, 02:51 | Author: Rachael Silva
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James Harden's contested 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in overtime put the finishing touches on an improbable win over the Warriors that saw him end his night with 44 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Harden has recorded at least 35 points and 5 assists in Houston's past nine games.

Harden, 29, had his fifth straight 40-point game as he led Houston to the overtime victory Thursday. "It's simple as that", said Harden about people critical of his playing style.

The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter said his team failed to deal the finishing blow and lacked the "killer instinct" that makes teams so unsafe when up big and early. "And we'll see. Game on".

Herein lies the problem with the play of James Harden. He's pulled down double-digit boards in two of the past four games and handed out 6-plus assists in four straight. Klay Thompson, when he broke Stephen Curry's National Basketball Association record with 14 made 3-pointers earlier this season. Among the NBA's all-time leading scorers, Harden's career 23.5 ppg scoring average ranks 21st and his 16,951 points ranks 96th.

The Warriors were relatively successful with their top priority of defending Harden, which was to limit his trips to the free throw line.

Danny Kanell was joined by guest host Brady Quinn on Friday's "Off the Bench" podcast where they broke down Harden's ridiculous level of play and his clutch shooting before diving into comparisons to last season.

He also has 13 double-doubles on the season, tying him with Jrue Holiday for the third-most among guards.

Whereas Harden's usage sat at 36.2 percent in the lead-up to Paul's injury, it's spiked to 42.9 percent in the games since.



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