PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 76ers closely guarded Houston’s potent 3-point threats rather than double-team James Harden, and Houston’s All-Star guard made them pay with a memorable offensive performance.
Harden scored 51 points and added 13 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Rockets to a 123-118 victory over Joel Embiid and Philadelphia on Friday night.
Harden, who had 19 of his points in the third quarter, has at least 30 points and 10 assists in 18 games this season. The NBA’s third-leading scorer entering the game, Harden finished two points shy of tying his career high. He was 16 for 28 from the field, including 6 for 11 from 3-point range, while making 13 of 14 free throws.
“He played about as good as you can play,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I’ve been around a lot of players, but it doesn’t get much better than that. I’ve never seen better than that.”
Harden recognized Philadelphia’s strategy and took advantage.
“Just tried to be aggressive (in) attack mode and make plays for my teammates,” he said. “They weren’t
Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/01/27/harden-scores-51-to-lead-rockets-past-embiid-76ers/97171942/
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