To say that James “Fear the Beard” Harden has been playing well would be a gross understatement. Harden has been smoking hot. The Houston Rockets’ star-shooter and reigning league MVP has scored 40-plus points in five straight games, tied for the second-longest streak in the last 50 years. He’s averaging better than 40 points in his last 11 games. Because of this streak, Harden has moved into being the favorite to win the “Most Valuable Player” award in some opinions, which would be his second in a row. He continued his dominance with a remarkable performance against the Golden State Warriors last night.
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After falling into a 20-point hole midway through the game, Harden and the Houston Rockets mounted a comeback in the second half against the Golden State Warriors to bring it to single digits in the final minutes, eventually forcing overtime.
With 30 seconds left in the overtime period, and the game tied 132-132, Steph Curry drained a jumper after missed out of bounds call, putting the Warriors up by two.
In the next possession, Harden went for the win and pulled up for a contested three-pointer against both Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and nailed it in dramatic fashion.
Speaking about his late game heroics in a post-game interview, Harden said, “The work. Yesterday I was in that same spot shooting the same shots. I had confidence that it was going to go in. Even the ones that I miss, they feel good. It’s a big time shot, and I’m happy we came out with the win.”
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Harden notched his fifth triple-double of the season finishing with the 44 points, his fifth-straight 40-point game, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. It also marked his ninth-straight game with at least 35 points and five assists, an NBA record.