James Harden Hits Ridiculous 3 To Beat Warriors In Overtime

Watch: James Harden's Clutch Three Closes Out Wild Game Between Rockets and Warriors

Watch: James Harden's Clutch Three Closes Out Wild Game Between Rockets and Warriors

The Houston Rockets almost got screwed out of a win Thursday night, but MVP front-runner James Harden wasn't about to let that happen.

But even after James Harden hit that absurd game-winning 3-point shot, the Warriors still had a full second left on the clock to execute and inbounds play, leaving enough time to catch and shoot.

It all worked out in the end, as James Harden buried a miraculous three-pointer with one second remaining to give the Rockets a 135-134 victory.

That final three to win the game in overtime was wild because he was well-defended by two players and still made it.

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Harden finished with 44 points, marking his fifth-straight 40-point game, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

The Rockets (22-15) have now won their sixth straight and 11th in their past 12. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are among the top candidates, as well. On paper, Harden likely gets the edge now, but the Lakers star also has more talent around him in the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and other strong role players. It also marked his ninth-straight game with at least 35 points and five assists, an National Basketball Association record.

Klay Thompson and the Warriors failed to hold on to a big lead at home against Clint Capela and the Rockets. Among the NBA's all-time leading scorers, Harden's career 23.5 ppg scoring average ranks 21st and his 16,951 points ranks 96th.

In addition, the Rockets have the league's best record since Harden's scoring streak began on December 11. Harden wows the world with his regular season output, but his underwhelming postseason play invites a wave of criticism and a rethinking of his greatness both contemporarily and historically.

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