According to Justin Kubatko of Stat Muse, Harden now has the most games of scoring at least 40 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and tallying five assists of the past 50 seasons. It's kind of weird for me, for the first time. Houston Rockets star James Harden has refined his stepback jumper to the point where he will arguably be synonymous with the move after he's done playing. Partner of iOne Digital / Cassius Network. https://rocketswire.usatoday.com/2018/10/20/rockets-james-harden-blows-by-lebron-dunk/, Rockets reportedly have no interest in James Harden, Ben Simmons trade, Corey Brewer explains how he defends James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Rafer Alston reportedly interested in coaching role with Rockets, Report: Stephen Silas 'blew away' Rockets with offensive vision, NBA community reacts to the Houston Rockets' hire of Stephen Silas, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. LeBron James has always been confident in his abilities on the court and he made that very clear by stating he will always be able to rise to the occasion in high-leverage situations. In the aftermath of the Lakers’ 110-100 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series, LeBron James spoke about Harden’s ability to draw fouls and score off the free-throw line. But it's exciting, and I'm happy. 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Sign up for the Rockets Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. Harden crosses up LeBron then dunks on JaVale pic.twitter.com/2QVubPn2z8, — PinPoint (@SportsPinPoint) October 21, 2018. Clearly, LeBron put an emphasis on his defense. You can also find new episodes of Battle for LA, the ClutchPoints NBA Podcast, and Establish the Pass under the Podcast tab on the ClutchPoints home page. Harden has the fourth-highest 3-point percentage on stepback jumpers, shooting 37% on those shots. He made it. In an appearance Tuesday night on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the comedian identified Westbrook for the segment as a point guard with the Rockets. Harden, however, made a living off the free-throw line, making 16 of 20 free throws, his most number of attempts, and makes during these playoffs, which matches the number of attempts as the entire Lakers team. Or so nearly everyone thought. When that happens, that is basket interference. While uplifting himself and his team, he seemingly took a jab at the Houston Rockets for falling short once again. With the Houston Rockets up 13 points in Tuesday’s fourth quarter at San Antonio, James Harden picked off a pass at midcourt and had an uncontested breakaway dunk. It’s part of the reason why it’s difficult to stop the NBA’s 2018 MVP, and even LeBron James has acknowledged just how hard it is to prevent Harden from scoring. Explanation on Harden's invalid dunk. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan round out the... After 11 seasons in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook is still adjusting to hearing himself introduced as a Houston Rockets guard. Please check your email for a confirmation. Lakers center JaVale McGee was just too late to stop the drive, but just in time to witness Harden’s thunderous dunk up close and personal. LeBron James mocks Harden and Westbrook. Rocking the ball back and forth at the three-point line, James Harden caught LeBron James with his weight on his front foot, and blew by him into the lane. James Harden vs. LeBron James Comparison Head-to-head comparison between the NBA stars LeBron James and James Harden that includes championships won, honors and awards obtained, regular season and playoffs stats and other data put side by side. James has stepped it up for the Lakers against the Rockets, with the 35-year-old well aware of what’s at stake in the game. He leads the NBA with 26 such games, with Russell Westbrook in second place with 25 games. The patented jumper is part of his legacy, and this season Harden has continued to put defenders on their heels with his mesmerizing pull-back dribbles. With LeBron off on a fast break, Herro had little to no chance of stopping the 35-year-old from completing a simple basket. Whenever James Harden makes a foray to the basket, he usually scores, whether it’s on a lay-up or off free throws after drawing fouls on opposing defenders. Here’s a look at LeBron’s emphatic swat on Harden and Gordon: LeBron's block on James Harden:pic.twitter.com/SvJEera9yT, — ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 9, 2020. "All right, when the play happened, [James] Harden goes in for a dunk, and then the ball appears to pop back up through the net. Lakers center JaVale McGee was just too late to stop the drive, but just in time to witness Harden’s thunderous dunk up close and personal. Follow NBA games live by downloading the ClutchPoints App and heading to the scores tab under the NBA section. Lillard, the league's fifth-leading scorer, has the... Houston Rockets star James Harden keeps on putting himself among the greats in the record books. He had 20 free throw attempts, and we’re not trying to put him to the free throw line…the guy is just so clever he still gets 20 free throw attempts…He’s very tricky with his moves in the paint…We can’t wait take away everything because of how great he is offensively.”. You can listen and subscribe to the Battle for LA podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. We can also be found on Flipboard where you can subscribe and follow us. According to ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry, Harden has made the most stepback 3-pointers (195) in the NBA this season, with Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard rounding out the top three. Harden is a human highlight reel on most nights. James, meanwhile, finished with 16 points, his lowest scoring output since finishing with 10 points in the Lakers’ Game 2 win over the Portland Trailblazers in the first round. According to Harrison Faigen of SB Nation, the three-time champion was all praises for the Rockets guard: “James is probably one of the best offensive players that we’ve ever seen in this league. Copyright © ClutchPoints. This play may be the most impressive of his early 2018-19 campaign so far. Harden scored a game-high 40 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished nine assists in the Rockets' 117-109 win Sunday over the New Orleans Pelicans. 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The four-time MVP had himself a huge block party, taking both James Harden and Eric Gordon as victims. LeBron James dunk leaves Tyler Herro on the floor. Follow ClutchPoints on Twitter & Instagram, and like us on Facebook. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was not messing around on Tuesday night as they took on the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The NBA’s all-time leader in playoff wins, however, added 15 rebounds, nine assists, and two steals and was a +15 for Los Angeles, which will try to close out the series in Game 5 on Saturday. For all of our college basketball content, click here. The Lakers were leading 13-12 in Q1 when LeBron James made a quick interception on a pass meant for Tyler Herro. Partner of iOne Digital / Cassius Network. Rocking the ball back and forth at the three-point line, James Harden caught LeBron James with his weight on his front foot, and blew by him into the lane. Whenever James Harden makes a foray to the basket, he usually scores, whether it’s on a lay-up or off free throws after drawing fouls on opposing defenders. Copyright © ClutchPoints. NBA crew chief James Capers issued the following statement explaining why James Harden's dunk didn't count in Tuesday's game. The Lakers’ Game 4 win a testament to Harden’s ability to score even when he isn’t shooting well. For their part, the Rockets put in quite an effort themselves early in the game. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was not messing around on Tuesday night as they took on the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. LeBron James also had a huge block on Austin Rivers before the end of the third quarter, which was a tremendous a way to cap off the period for the Lakers. The league’s three-time scoring champion finished with 21 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, and three blocks for the Rockets, but shot just 2-of-11 from the field.

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