James Harden sinks 3-pointer to beat Warriors in OT

James Harden sinks 3-pointer to beat Warriors in OT

James Harden sinks 3-pointer to beat Warriors in OT

James Harden has been playing on another level over the last 10 games. In turn, this has led to the hype around him winning the award again picking up steam. The victory put Houston just two games behind the defending champs in the West and turned the superstar into the 2019 NBA MVP favorite. The most he has scored is 50, which came in a win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14.

Harden had one last chance left, and went for it all.

The Rockets regrouped, called a timeout and ran a play for their star guard.

James Harden continued his historic stretch Thursday night with 44 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in the Houston Rockets' 135-134 win over the Golden State Warriors in overtime. 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 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. Harden's 8.6 assists per game are good for fourth in the National Basketball Association.

Harden described his confidence as being "through the roof", adding that it has been that way for some time now.

Still, the Warriors have the best offense in the National Basketball Association and a general sense that they're the team to beat once the regular season ends regardless of where the land in the standings.

Aside from the scoring, James' numbers rival Harden across the board. In addition, the Rockets have the league's best record since Harden's scoring streak began on December 11. The only player to have converted more of those attempts than Harden? But even with that being the case, LeBron has produced MVP-caliber numbers. All the elite players are unguardable, though.

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