Harden and the rest of Team Stephen lost a close on Sunday night, 148-145.
James Harden tried (kinda), but Team LeBron was too much for Team Stephen at the All-Star Game tonight.
In a game that actually featured more defense than normal, the Beard was able to finish with a respectable 12 points, 7 rebounds & 8 assists. He didn’t shoot very well, though, just 5/19 overall and 2/13 from 3. Yikes.
LeBron James took home the All-Star Game MVP honors this year as he led his own team to the victory with 29 points, 10 rebounds & 8 assists on the night. He also threw down the best slam of the night:
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 19, 2018
NBA on TNT hinting at something? I sure hope not.
James Harden’s individual performance
As with most All-Star Games, James Harden looked a little off tonight. He shot poorly and had some pretty bad offense, but actually played pretty decent defense at times. He had a steal and a block and some decent assists off of them.
Coach D’Antoni played Harden a team-high 27 minutes because of course he did.
Let’s look at a few highlights:
This is one of the two 3s that the Beard hit in the game. A near-40% shooter from deep this year, Harden just couldn’t find it tonight.
Here is one of the best passes of the night courtesy of Harden:
We’ve seen that one quite a few times this year!
Here is some defense leading to a Steph Curry 3 off a pass from James Harden:
The Beard is bringing the defense this year!
When the intensity turned up at the end, so did James Harden for this play:
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) February 19, 2018
That tough take to the basket is something we are quite used to seeing in Houston.