For the first time ever, the beard was feared by the Thunder.
James Harden’s first two games playing against his old mates: 42 total points on 9-of-33 shooting. Tonight? A career-high 46 on 14-of-19, including 7-of-8 from 3. Sixteen of those points coming in furious fourth quarter comeback that erased a 14-point Thunder lead with seven minutes left and ended in a frustrating 122-119 loss to Houston.
Which is also a third consecutive defeat for Oklahoma City, something that hasn’t happened this season.
Harden was unbelievably brilliant in scorching the team that scorned him, showing off that special skillset that allows him to just explode on any given night. The first two meetings against OKC, the Thunder held his head in the toilet, swarming him in pick-and-roll situations, contesting his jumpers and basically turning him into a very one-dimensional player. He either had to hope for a whistle, or finish in heavy traffic. Keep Reading…