James Harden Scores 38, Loses Ball in Final Seconds, Tears Down Curtain After Game
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For 40 minutes, MVP runner-up James Harden was playing like a MVP, matching the league’s MVP, Steph Curry, shot-for-shot on his way to a game-high 38 points, to go with 10 rebounds and 9 assists. But all that good done by Harden was ruined in the final seconds of GM2 when he lost control of the ball and failed to get a shot off with the Rockets down by just 1.
After the game, Coach McHale defended his decision to not call a time-out and allow Harden to go for the win.
“I will take our best player heading downhill on a broken court any day of the week. That’s where he feasts,” McHale said.
“Someone fell down for them, so I just let them go. We’ll take our best player. Once he bobbled it I tried to call time out. Once I saw two guys (Warriors) behind the play, if nothing else we had a four on three.”
A frustrated Harden, who did some Oracle Arena furniture moving on his way to the locker room and in the locker room, said he was thinking about throwing the ball back to Dwight but ended up just losing it with Curry and Klay Thompson on him.
“Kicking chairs. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating to give the game away like that.” said Harden.
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