Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

James Harden Buries Warriors After Brutal Kevin Durant Missed Call

James Harden Buries Warriors After Brutal Kevin Durant Missed Call

Harden's play has been the definitive reason for the turn around, and in Thursday night's win over the defending champions, it was abundantly clear why.

The problem for the Warriors is they now have lost three straight games at home, with the past two coming on extremely hard game-winning 3-pointers in overtime to follow a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.

Following the Warriors game, Daryl Morey added that "you can argue for [Harden] as the best offensive player of all time". Harden has averaged 40.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 9.0 assists during Houston's 11-1 hot streak.

The Rockets have soared from 14th to fourth place in the Western Conference standings by winning 11 of their past 12 games despite co-star Chris Paul missing the past six games (all victories) because of a strained hamstring.

Houston have won nine of their past 10 games.

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Harden has scored over 40 points in each of the Rockets' last five games. Harden's 8.6 assists per game are good for fourth in the National Basketball Association. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are among the top candidates, as well.

Asked if he felt too much energy was spent on critiquing that aspect of his play, Harden said: "Exactly".

Harden has averaged a career-high 33.6 points, 8.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds through 34 games, but it's how he's doing it that's so impressive.

Nevermind that this was his eighth consecutive game of 35 points or more.

Danny Kanell was joined by guest host Brady Quinn on Friday's "Off the Bench" podcast where they broke down Harden's ridiculous level of play and his clutch shooting before diving into comparisons to last season.

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