March 9, 2018, 10:34 pmJames HardenSG, Houston Rockets
James Harden put together a fantastic outing on Friday night, finishing with 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting, four assists, four threes, a steal and a block though the Rockets saw their 17-game win streak come to an end.
Harden wasn’t messing around. He hit a number of threes amidst airtight defense and drove to the rack with impunity. It would’ve taken a lot more than a hand in the face to slow The Beard down tonight, though there were a few possessions down the stretch where the Raptors forced Harden to give up the ball with diligent defending. He was absolutely electrifying in this one and nearly brought Houston back from a big deficit in the first half. The Rockets led the game at 2-0 but never did so again, only inching up to a 102-102 deadlock behind Harden’s mastery. He’s just about locked up that MVP award.