HOUSTON (AP) James Harden was quick to say yes when asked if he’s playing at as high of a level as he ever has.
The follow up question of why wasn’t quite as easy for Houston’s bearded star.
”I don’t know,” he said before letting out an awkward laugh and looking around before continuing. ”Work. Try to study the game and get better. Listen to people around me that push me and motivate me and try to be the best I can be. It’s pretty simple.”
Harden had a triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 on Thursday night.
Harden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games.
LeBron James had 33 points for the Cavaliers, and Jeff Green added 27.
Houston led by seven after a layup by James with about 10 minutes left. The Rockets scored the next six points, capped by a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker to make it 111-98. The Cavaliers used a 13-1 run, with five points from James, to cut the lead to 112-111 with 90 seconds left.
Harden missed a layup after that, but grabbed a rebound and threw an alley-oop to Clint Capela, who finished for Houston’s first basket since Tucker’s
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/harden-s-triple-double-leads-rockets-over-cavs-117-113-110917
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