James Harden: Forget the fouls, focus on my greatness

James Harden: Forget the fouls, focus on my greatness

James Harden: Forget the fouls, focus on my greatness

In the aftermath of a 135-134 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors in Oracle Arena, a game that saw James Harden go for his third 40-plus point triple-double of the season, the Houston Rockets were feeling themselves.

He finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in a titanic battle between the Western Conference powers who met in a seven-game National Basketball Association play-off semi-final last season won by Golden State.

But that's not all.

After going down 119-113 with less than a minute and a half remaining, Harden assisted Clint Capela on an and-one and then hit the game-tying three-pointer.

The man is unbelievable and on an absurd run right now.

"I got the total package".

He did so with about three seconds left on the clock, while swarmed by two defenders - Klay Thompson to his left and Draymond Green in front of him. The reigning MVP has scored at least 30 points in 11 straight games with five consecutive 40-plus point games. He's shot better from the field (on fewer attempts) and averages 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists through the first 34 games. Recent examples include a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day and another one-point setback vs. the Portland Trail Blazers on a last-second shot by Damian Lillard. Coupled with the return of Chris Paul, adding another serviceable role player could push coach Mike D'Antoni's squad over the top.

Houston have won nine of their past 10 games.

Asked if he felt too much energy was spent on critiquing that aspect of his play, Harden said: "Exactly". "Give him all the credit he deserves".

For all the hatred regarding the way in which Harden manufacturers his points - drawing fouls in a less than ethical way - it's getting pretty hard to deny what this man can do with a ball in his hands.

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