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Sports Harden says 'it's not even about the points' after dropping 49 in Rockets win

18:20  01 august  2020
18:20  01 august  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Harden has 49 to lead Rockets over Mavericks 153-149 in OT

  Harden has 49 to lead Rockets over Mavericks 153-149 in OT LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — James Harden scored 49 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in overtime Friday night in their first game in the NBA bubble. Harden made 1 of 2 free throws before Trey Burke made a 3-pointer to get the Mavericks within 3 with about 15 seconds left in OT. Harden made 1 of 2 free throws after that, Burke missed a 3, and Harden got the rebound to secure the victory. “Our confidence defensively was building, especially in that fourth quarter," Harden said. “We kept pushing the tempo, kept fighting.

James Harden ' s 49 points lead Rockets over Mavericks in ludicrous 153-149 OT win . Even with everything so different in the NBA’ s Disney World bubble, we can still take Because it was a game with 302 total points , three other players — Russell Westbrook, Kristaps Porzingis and Trey Burke

James Harden scored 49 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in overtime Friday night in their first In regulation, Dallas led by 3 before Harden made the first of two free throws, and Robert Covington tipped in a miss on the second to tie it with 3.3 seconds remaining.

James Harden scored 49 points in a 153-149 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks, but it was the Houston Rockets' defensive effort that the former MVP wanted to highlight.

Another fine offensive night from Harden saw him move past Calvin Murphy to become the player with the second-most points in the franchise's history, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon.

With Russell Westbrook adding 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists too, it was a fine outing for Houston's leading duo, though Harden was quick to defer praise to the collective performance at the other end of the court.

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— James Harden scored 49 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in overtime Friday night in their first game in the NBA bubble. Russell Westbrook added 31 points for the Rockets after arriving to Florida late after testing positive for the coronavirus. “ It ’ s tough," he said .

(AP) — James Harden scored 49 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in overtime Friday night in their first game in Dallas led by 3 before Harden made the first of two free throws, and Robert Covington tipped in a miss on the second to tie it with 3.3 seconds remaining

"It's not even about the points," Harden told ESPN on court after the game.

"Our effort was there continuously throughout the course of the night against one of the best offenses in this league.

"They were going to be tough from the beginning of the game and we had to stay with it, even when we were down by double digits. We kept fighting, especially on the defensive end and forced overtime.

"We wanted to stay with it and give ourselves a chance at the end of the game. We did that. Our confidence defensively was building, especially in that fourth quarter. We kept pushing the tempo, kept fighting."

Luka Doncic had a triple-double for the Mavs - his NBA-leading 15th of the season - but went just one-for-nine from three-point range, while Trey Burke added 31 points from the bench having drained eight of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc.

"We are a young team. We have got a lot to learn," Doncic said.

"We will get better, for sure. I know we are going to get together when it matters most, so I'm not worried about that."

Here's 10 things to know about the NBA season restart .
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Welcome back, NBA. The games start Thursday night at Walt Disney World, and here's 10 things to know as the season enters its restart phase. WHERE WE WERE In case you forgot, and you likely did, the hottest team when the NBA shut down for the coronavirus pandemic was the Toronto Raptors. The reigning NBA champions had won four consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA — one game ahead of the three in a row posted by Oklahoma City, Brooklyn and Orlando. Detroit had lost five straight when play was suspended, and Minnesota had dropped three in a row. Neither of those clubs is at the restart.

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