James Harden’s 46 points lead Houston Rockets to win against Oklahoma City Thunder
Twenty minutes before tipoff, the Houston Rockets learn of a trade where they will lose three of their players. That did not distract them from beating the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night, 122-119.
James Harden not only beat his former team, he played an amazing game where he scored a career high 46 points. Jeremy Lin helped him out with 29 points, the Associated Press reports.
Before the game Harden spoke to his team. He said, “I just told the guys on the court that we’ve got to do whatever it takes, we’ve got to get some stops together and make some shots. It’s not going to be easy, they’re a very good team. But we got some stops at the right time and guys made good shots.”
It was the fourth quarter where the game got really good. With seven minutes remaining the Rockets were down 14 points but Lin and Harden were not about to let that stop them. The two of them put in shots all over the place to take the lead.
Russell Westbrook hit a 3-point shot that brought the Thunder within three points of the Rocket. Lin knocked out his free throws to secure the lead for the Rockets.
Houston’s coach, Kevin McHale, said, “He’s [Harden] a phenomenal offensive force. He can drive it. He’s got the ability to shoot it … to beat you off the bounce. I think he’s almost unguardable off the catch.”
While Harden’s career high scoring night helped the Rockets win the game, it took the whole team to pull out of the game with the win. Lin played a season high of 42 minutes, according to the Houston Chronicle.
In the final eight minutes of the game Lin scored nine points under the pressure of the Thunder. Lin gave credit to Harden, he said, “If he is not up for MVP consideration, I mean, I don’t know what else he needs to do. Forty-six points on 19 shots. I mean, he made every single big play down the stretch, and even the shots that I was able to have, they were created because of him. Man, he played phenomenal.”
It was a big night for the Houston Rockets and an even bigger night for Harden.