Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Harden possibly the best offensive National Basketball Association star ever - Rockets GM

Harden possibly the best offensive National Basketball Association star ever - Rockets GM

The Warriors and Rockets played one of the best games of the regular season Thursday and the conclusion to the contest was fantastic.

Kevin Durant's long three-pointer missed as the buzzer sounded in what was a rematch of last season's seven-game Western Conference finals, which was won by Golden State.

Harden scored 44 points - 11 in overtime - to lead the Houston Rockets to a 135-134 road win over the Dubs.

On the following possession, Harden knocked in the game-winning three from deep despite being surrounded by Golden State defenders.

Stephen Curry put the Warriors ahead with 23.1 seconds remaining in OT on the way to 35 points.

To his credit, Durant basically said he knew he was out of bounds. The only player in National Basketball Association history to average at least 30 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals per game was Jordan in 1988-89. Harden, however, had one more improbable, acrobatic moment still in him. They also went in on how narratives can fuel awards, comparing it to the Heisman Trophy, adding that numbers won't be the end-all-be-all if Harden wants to get the award for the second straight year.

Nevermind that this was his fifth straight 40-point game. When you have a lead like that, you don't lose at home.

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