Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Overall Grade: A+
Minutes Played: 43
37 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 turnovers, 5 personal fouls
If the game had ended at halftime, James Harden's grade would have been ugly. He was a turnover machine, took poor shots in the first half and dragged his team down with his quality of play.
In the second half, however, Harden let the game come to him and made one very important change—he ended his ball-stopping ways.
Harden scored 25 points during the second half alone. A major reason for his success was his willingness to let Jeremy Lin dictate the offense.
Harden made his way into openings, knocked down three-pointers and proceeded to do what he does best—attack the basket and draw contact.
That's become the life source of Harden's game, as he dominates by virtue of his ability to draw fouls. That was on display against Minnesota, as he attempted 18 free throws.
Harden's struggles sunk his team in the first half. His ability to dominate the third and fourth quarters redeemed him.
The grade simply takes a hit because of his five turnovers and five personal fouls.