James Harden is on a tilt.
The Rockets regrouped, called a timeout and ran a play for their star guard.
If you missed Thursday night's thriller between two of the top teams in the West, the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, you missed two memorable plays - one by NBA MVP James Harden that won the game, and one by NBA officials that almost gave the game to Golden State. After all, when a player hits a game-winner like this, it's hard not to cement his place at the top.
To go along with the 40.1 points per game, Harden is averaging 9.0 assists and 6.6 rebounds. When Paul went down with a hamstring strain in mid-to-late December, many expected things to come apart at the seams for Houston.
After a rocky start to the season, the Rockets' record now sits at 22-15. The Rockets are now on a 49-win pace, though their latest hot streak has them only 3.5 games out of the West's No.1 seed. According to NBA.com, Harden has already attempted 206 step back 3-pointers this season, of which he has made 88 (42.7 percent).
There's been a popular belief that James simply gets overlooked for the MVP award because some say he'd win it every year otherwise.
The Rockets were thankful for James Harden and the referees should be, too. "And they miss a lot in general, so you can easily fool them".
Aside from the scoring, James' numbers rival Harden across the board.
Harden scored only five points in the fourth quarter, but he swished a 30-foot stepback to tie the score with 51.4 seconds remaining. The only player to have converted more of those attempts than Harden?