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Looking at James Harden’s performance in the All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: James Harden
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: James Harden
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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.

Team Stephen had a pretty balanced effort that involved a team-high 21 points from Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan along with 19 points from Joel Embiid and 17 points from Karl Anthony-Towns.

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:

Another look at what #LeBronJames & #RussellWestbrook can do off the break… ?#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/W1ZVt50t8g

— 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:

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/965403704718315520

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:

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/965413267517587456

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:

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/965430384640102400

The Beard is bringing the defense this year!

When the intensity turned up at the end, so did James Harden for this play:

We have a close one at the #NBAAllStar ⤵️#TeamStephen 136#TeamLeBron 133
⏰ 4:24 pic.twitter.com/tfej7eThdC

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) February 19, 2018

That tough take to the basket is something we are quite used to seeing in Houston.

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