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A beard grows in Oakland

You’ve heard about last night’s Game of the Year candidate, where the Rockets came back from 17 at halftime to beat the Warriors, 135-134, in overtime in Oakland. 

But have you seen the shot over Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to win it?

James Harden dropped 44 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists and 10 3-pointers -- his fifth straight game with 40 points -- and that shot was his magnum opus in a game filled with step-back 3 after step-back 3. Clint Capela was big as well, scoring 29 points and grabbing 21 boards.

And, for what it’s worth, here were the lineups on the floor for that game-winner:

Rockets: Harden, Austin Rivers, Gerald Green, PJ Tucker, Danuel House.

Warriors: Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney. And people think James Harden is overrated.

Also, there was this abhorrent level of missed-callery on the second-to-last play of the game, an out-of-bounds save from Durant which eventually put the Warriors up two points on a Steph Curry jumper.

With the 44-point game, Harden’s average on the season is now up to 33.6 points per game, which would be the highest if it holds since Kobe Bryant’s 35.4 in 2005-06.

The Rockets are also 11-1 in their last 12, and currently sit at fourth in the Western Conference standings, only 3.5 games behind first-place Denver.

Just. Like. That.


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