When James Harden plays like this, the Houston Rockets are a very difficult team to beat. Wednesday night, they destroyed the Philadelphia 76ers, 125-103, with Harden scoring 33 points on an amazingly low 12 shots and getting 18 attempts from the free-throw line.
It's become nearly impossible to defend him, and when you finally get the ball out of his hands, he usually finds players like Greg Smith or Omer Asik open at the basket.
To be fair, the Sixers were at less than full strength in this one, with Jrue Holiday out with a foot injury and Evan Turner going down early in the second half after rolling his ankle. But it's hard to imagine them helping out much in defending Harden or getting the offensively challenged Sixers to 125 points.
When Houston is firing on all cylinders, it is best to just get out of the way. Here are the grades for both sides in Wednesday night's contest.