Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  13 responses

James Harden Beats San Antonio Spurs With Game-Winner (VIDEO)

The Beard comes through in the clutch.

With a clutch leaning jumper, James Harden ensured a close Houston Rockets victory against the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Harden finished with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Afterwards, the grumpy Spurs discussed the wrenching loss. Per the Express-News: “In Rockets guard James Harden, they were getting a singular foe who has made a living, not to mention tens of millions of dollars, with his ability to get to the free-throw line. That foreknowledge would be of little comfort a few hours later, when the Spurs left Houston saddled with a 96-95 loss made possible in part by Harden’s 17 visits to the foul stripe. ‘Give him a lot of credit, he played well tonight,’ Tim Duncan said. ‘I don’t think he earned 17 free throws. I think we had a couple in there that were missed calls.’ Harden finished with 29 points, 15 of which came from the foul line. [...] By night’s end, Harden had gone to the charity stripe more times than any Spurs opponent this season. The previous high was 11, shared by the Oklahoma City duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and Indiana’s David West. ‘He was aggressive with it,’ Duncan said. ‘He took shots and made (officials) make calls and kept them right in the game.’ [...] ‘It was a hard-fought game,’ said Manu Ginobili, who was 1 of 6 for three points and missed a putback at the buzzer. ‘It felt like a playoff one.’ Before the game, the Spurs talked about limiting Harden’s free-throw tries. He was averaging a league-best 10.3 per game, a number the Spurs aimed to keep him from reaching. ‘That didn’t work out very well,’ Gregg Popovich said.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    if the rockets can get anoother big name this off season they will be for real next year

  • king1988

    agree 100% I think having a big man or even a couple of role players to come off the bench would make the rockets a top 4 seed next year.

  • Dagger

    “Gotta score here” . . . ya think, announcer?

  • Max

    OKC, Spurs, Clips, Nuggets and Grizzlies.
    Who are they gonna add in free agency this year to get better than those teams?

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    The quick stutter step to make Timmy back off was nice. Not an easy shot to make with a tenacious dude like Kawhi Leonard chasing you. Harden is special. I watched the game and I was sure he was going to drive all the way to the hoop.

  • Seth

    I’m wondering why Leonard didn’t try to block the shot. I know you can’t foul in that situation, but the opportunity was there. That probably would’ve sealed the game.

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    damn he really got better compared last year. this time for sure, he’ll be one of the greatest, just some additions of defensive players to this team would be enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005518540950 Facebook User

    What a man, what a player, what a beard? I have nothing to say! The man is a legend. That shot in the final seconds. Incredibly.

    And he was the sixth player in Oklahoma!!!!


  • Name

    Because Harden had been getting easy calls the entire night (including a 3 pointer the play before) and I doubt you would wanna foul a FT shooter like him at the end of the game

  • shutup

    The end of this game was some of the worst officiating I have seen in a long time.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    that sh!t was nice

  • ATL dynamite

    J. Smoove?

  • dadadave

    Asik pushed Kawhi out of the play with an ILLEGAL screen. Asik decided to play Offensive Tackle for a play