Even the Amway Center roared with delight. When James Harden joined the bench just minutes to go, Orlando Magic fans stood up and gave him a standing ovation. On Friday, the Houston Rockets point guard once again delighted the audience. Author of 54 points, he simply prolonged the pleasure, he who had already registered 55 in Cleveland two days earlier!
Sometimes annoying, with this propensity to shoot all-around and get his points by all means on the free throw line (14 attempted per game since the start of the season), James Harden has especially become terrifying. Friday, in Orlando, he achieved his fifth game at fifty points or more this season, that is to say as much as all the rest of the NBA troop combined, but especially the fourth on his last seven outings!
“I have a feeling we just lost to him (Harden) tonight. He didn’t miss anything ”
And it was not folklore or ball-trap for once. With 54 points at 19 of 31 on shots (61.2%), and only six shots on the penalty line, the devilish bearded man made an almost flawless copy, with in addition a sublime 10/15 at 3 points, to write kindly history, with a second consecutive game with more than fifty points and ten award-winning baskets, never seen before in NBA memory!
On the way out, the Magic, beaten 107-130, could only see the damage. “I have a feeling we just lost against him tonight. We knew he would take shots and here is the result. He didn’t miss a thing. Point “, recognized the French shooter, Evan Fournier, yet still fully in his high offensive standards Friday (27 points, including 6/11 at 3 pts).
At the Rockets, we drank whey and James Harden had the word sober under his beard. “I just wanted to win. It didn’t matter what to do. “ Mike D’Antoni, his trainer, was a little more contemplative: “We shot really well and when Harden is like that, it’s really hard for anyone to beat us, no matter what defense you put forward”, agreed the coach, delighted to note that next to the star with the maddening stats (39.3 points on average, No. 1 in the League very far ahead of everyone), the support had been flawless, especially at the level of the outside address, with a formidable 22/39 three point compiled in the end, which carried even higher a James Harden, currently in another dimension.