From 7:26 to 4:13 of the fourth quarter last night against Houston, the Thunder scored on seven straight trips. Nine if you include offensive rebounds. Ten if you include a steal by Durant that led to a free throw.
All 10 of those possessions had a common denominator: James Harden was running point guard.
From 2:30 to the finish, the Thunder scored on only two of their final seven possessions. James Harden was not running point guard then.
Now, it’s important to note that the defense really is to blame more than anything else. When you’re up 11 with two minutes left, you should have enough points to win a game, assuming you make free throws. And the point of this isn’t to point a finger at Russell Westbrook, who hadn’t turned the ball over once the first 46 minutes of the game and was mostly putting in another stellar performance, but more to look at Harden running point. Keep Reading…