In a game that reminded everyone why he was the league MVP a year ago, Harden did everything he could to carry the Houston Rockets to a win over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, dropping 44 points in a 135-134 overtime victory.
While it seemed the Warriors were going to hold them off, a critical 6-0 run in the final 1:03 left in the game, capped by a huge Harden step-back 3-pointer over Kevin Durant, tied it up 119-119. Harden, however, had one more improbable, acrobatic moment still in him.
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.
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Houston trailed by as many as 20 points on the road, but thanks to James Harden, the Rockets were able to come back. He's got the ball in his hands all game and he's just making plays. The reigning MVP finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. He has 40-plus points in his last five games, and the Rockets are surging in the Western Conference after a sluggish start. "He's a master of the isolation and the step-back 3 and drawing fouls".
Stephen Curry put the Warriors ahead with 23.1 seconds remaining in OT on the way to 35 points.