Harden ended with 38 points about 13-of-35 shooting, for example 5-of-17 from 3 and most especially just 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
“Honestly that streak is really cool for stats and whatnot, but honestly the win is far more essential,” Harden said. “So, came up short now we’ve got another chance to really go home and play with Denver, who’s playing incredibly well. Therefore we’ve got to regroup.”
Harden said he had been unaware he had been two things short of 40 when he drove to the rim nine with a couple minutes staying. He’d an obviously off-night, together with trainer Mike D’Antoni suggesting there was potentially some lingering emotion hanging on Harden and the team after their stunning overtime win from your Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
“My photos were flat in the beginning of the match,” he explained. “Therefore I only had to adjust a bit, get them up. That was just another thing, for me personally I’ve got to log off to a much better start. I chose it up in the third quarter and also the next halfbut first half I’d exactly the very same opportunities I normally get but my shooter was merely a small flat.”
Harden got it going in the third, scoring 20 from the quarter on 8-of-13 shooting. He’d the complete arsenal at his disposal — step-back 3s, pushes to the rim also, of course, free throws. However, after playing the whole third, he sat the beginning of the fourth quarter didn’t score in the last frame before hitting on a 3 together with 2:13 left. He even got three free throws after an unusual call where Evan Turner fouled PJ Tucker while Harden was taking a3, and struck a deep 3 with 34 seconds left.
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