James Harden flashes epic crossover as Rockets blitz Clippers

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LOS ANGELES — For a short flash, it almost appeared as if the play was dead.

Deked by James Harden‘s patented, left-to-right crossover “hop-back” on the left wing, LA Clippers forward Wes Johnson slipped on a banana peel and fell backward to the hardwood on his tuchus with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. As Johnson recovered a full 10 feet in front of Harden with 15 seconds left on the shot clock, the Houston Rockets’ guard paused. He wasn’t checking the placement of his toes or scanning the floor for a cutter — it was obvious where the Rockets’ shot would materialize.

Harden then actually took his shooting hand off the ball as he stood stationary, as if to casually admire the humiliation that had ensued. Still surrounded by open space, Harden toggled back to the task at hand. He placed his left hand back on the ball as Clippers guard Milos Teodosic scampered toward him for a half-hearted close-out attempt, then Hadren launched a silky jumper that put

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/22610016/nba-houston-rockets-winning-streak-hits-14-rout-la-clippers

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