Harden finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in a titanic struggle between the Western Conference powers who met in a seven-game National Basketball Association playoff semi-final last season that was won by Golden State.
"So there's a constant dialogue with them about potential players who can maybe come in and help but it's a partnership with our players and we would never bring someone in that we didn't think was a great fit, our chemistry is too important for that". The boos from the San Antonio fans continued during a video tribute that the Spurs had put together to honour Leonard.
Leonard forced his way out of San Antonio in a trade that yielded DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from Toronto for Leonard and Danny Green. Backup point guard Delon Wright had 15 points while combo forward Pascal Siakam had 10 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
Jamal Murray (36) and Nikola Jokic (26) combined for 62 points in a 117-113 win over the Kings. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points for San Antonio, Bryn Forbes added 20, Derrick White 19 and Rudy Gay 13.
The Kings, who have been a pleasant surprise this season, got an efficient 29-point production from shooting guard Buddy Hield.
Harden also hit 3-pointers at the 3:52 and 2:02 marks of OT in a game featuring dazzling displays on both ends by some of the game's biggest stars.
Including his 50-point game last December 13 against the Lakers, Harden has scored at least 30 in 11 straight. The Warriors appeared to be headed for an easy night as they held a 20-point lead in the first half. "That's making sure I'm communicating with my guys and we're putting ourselves in positions to win games".