This game came down to who could make the big plays at the end of the game. James Harden was up to the challenge as he scored 16 points in the 4th quarter, but he was the only one. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade completely took over this game and lead their team to a win.
What more can you say about James Harden? He outplayed LeBron and Wade. The only problem is Harden doesn’t have another star to help him out. He finished with 36 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. He shot 10-16 from the field, 4-7 from the arc and 12-13 from the line.
32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists is just a normal night for a guy like LeBron. The scariest part of it all is that he is only getting better. Not only does he get to the basket with ease, rebound well, an amazing passer and defender, but now he can shoot.
Dwyane Wade flopped his way to 31 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. The guy is one of the best players in the league, but if he doesn’t get a call from the league about his excessive flopping then you know the new rule is rigged.
Omer Asik had yet another huge night finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds. I’m not sure if you can name another player who has improved his game as much as Asik has since last season.
This was a good test for the Rockets. It showed me that I have been right all along. The Rockets are getting close, they’re just not there yet. They will get a day off tomorrow before playing the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night.