James Harden It has been installed in a new dimension with its fourth consecutive game scoring more than 40 points. This time, in addition, helped Houston to break the resistance of Memphis (113-101), with a triple double: 43 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, with six triples and 21 free throws of the 27 he threw.
His fire started with 41 points on Christmas Day against Oklahoma City and continued with 45 on the 27th against Boston, 41 against New Orleans on the 29th and now the 43 with triple triple against Memphis. It has already ten games over 30 points, since he scored 50 with a triple double against the Lakers on December 13.
Despite his extraordinary contribution to the Rockets' winning streak, which has won 11 of his last 12 games, Harden blamed himself for missing nine turnovers against the Grizzlies. Mike D'Antoni, his coach, praised a player who is playing at a level rarely seen. "I do not know how you can play better than you are playing. Also defensively. He helps us with his steals, with a triple double as if nothing. Yes, he is playing at another level, "says D'Antoni. The full state of play of Harden has coincided with the injury of Chris Paul, another vital piece for the Rockets.
Along with Harden, Clint Capela stood out, with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Gerald Green, with 18 points. The best on the part of the Grizzlies were Kyle Anderson, with 20 points, Mike Conley, with 19, and Marc Gasol, with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
San Antonio defeated the Celtics (120-111). Pau Gasol reappeared after almost two months of absence due to the injury to the left foot. The Spanish center had played its last game on November 4 against Orlando. Against the Celtics, he played only five minutes and did not hit the basket, but he had five rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge, with 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists, was the piece on which the Spurs lso offensive, seconded by Derrick White, with 22 points, Davis Bertans, with 17, and DeMar DeRozan, with 13 points, seven bounces and 10 assists. The Celtics had 30 points from Jaylen Brown, 18 from Marcus Morris and 16 points eight assists from Kyrie Irving.
Charlotte beat Orlando (125-100) with notable performances by Kemba Walker, with 24 points and seven assists, and by Malik Monk, with 21 points. Willy Hernangómez He contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Oklahoma City took revenge in a withering way against Dallas because they returned to play just one day after having played in Texas. This time they beat the Thunder (122-102) and also driven by Russell Westbrook, who, with 32 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals, took revenge for his bad performance the day before. Paul George had 22 points and Steven Adams, 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Mavericks had 25 Harrison Barnes points and 17 points, six rebounds and three assists Luka Doncic.
New Orleans, despite the losses of Anthony Davis, sick, and Nikola Mirotic, injured, beat Minnesota (123-114). Julius Randle took the offensive responsibility with 33 points and 11 rebounds, along with Jrue Holiday, with 26 points. Golden State had no major problems against Phoenix (109-132), with 34 points and nine rebounds Stephen Curry and 25 points from Kevin Durant. Indiana also met the forecast and beat Atlanta (116-108) with 22 points from Victor Oladipo and 20 from Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis.