James Harden is a bad, bad man.
On Wednesday, the Rockets star nearly took down his former team all by himself, dropping 46 points, eight rebounds and six assists. That line edged out the 44 points Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score.
But a night of dominance just wouldn't be complete without an audacious shot falling through the net. Everything was going in for Harden. And I mean everything.
At the end of the third quarter, the man with the sweetest beard in professional sports got the ball at half court and decided to pile onto his point total. He released the ball with the ease of a jump shot from 20-feet out, and it went in, because of course it did.
At that moment, the Thunder really should have packed their bags and left the building.
One quarter later, the Rockets beat Oklahoma City, 122-119—a big win for a team going through some massive turnover at the moment.
Thomas Robinson is on his way in while Patrick Patterson and Cole Aldrich are on their way out. It's NBA trade deadline time, and it seems to be wearing on Jeremy Lin, who was rather emotional about his buddies being traded away.
Not to worry, because I have a feeling Harden will carry the load during this tumultuous time. Just give the man the ball, and he will make the shot.
Even if it's from half court.
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