Harden drains game-winning 3-pointer in OT thriller against Warriors

Harden drains game-winning 3-pointer in OT thriller against Warriors

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson finished with 26 points apiece for the Warriors, while Draymond Green had nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

"I just had to go out and do my part on the highest level".

The Houston Rockets were having a miserable season.

With his recent play, Harden leads the league in scoring by a margin of 4.7 points per game.

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Following the Warriors game, Daryl Morey added that "you can argue for [Harden] as the best offensive player of all time".

We all remember the infamous 39-point beatdown Houston received at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs sans Kawhi Leonard in Game 6 of the 2017 conference semifinals, where Harden mustered just 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Harden's field goal percentage (.438) is down slightly in his last 12 games, but he's been punishing teams from the 3-point line (.418) and getting to the free throw line at will (13.8 attempts per game).

Nevermind that this was his fifth straight 40-point game. Led by the bearded one himself, Harden dropped a 44-point triple-double and the game-winning 3-pointer with one second left in overtime.

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"Just an incredible performance".

The ball would find its way to Stephen Curry who nailed a jumper with 23.1 seconds let to put Golden State up 134-132 before Harden's heroics.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni was at a loss for words. "Might as well give up". He suggests that fans and media should appreciate his unique skill set in the midst of the most prolific stretch of his career.

"I need it, I need it for sure, and I'm gonna get it", Harden told The Athletic on Wednesday.

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"[People] talk too much about my fouls and not actually the greatness of what I'm doing out on the court".

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