Houston Rockets: James Harden’s 15 most captivating performances

By Josh Cornelissen
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets
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The Houston Rockets have a true superstar leading the way. Here are the 15 most captivating performances for James Harden since joining the team.

The Houston Rockets placed a large amount of confidence in James Harden when they traded for him in 2012, and he has not disappointed. From consistent playoff berths to a pair of trips to the Western Conference Finals, he has pushed this team to win.

Early in his Rockets career, he did that primarily as a scorer, and then with the hiring of Mike D’Antoni as a fully realized playmaker extraordinaire.

Last season he won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, and his follow up in 2018-19 might be even better.

Harden’s body of work speaks for itself, but it’s the game-by-game moments that build the resume of a superstar.

Some express distaste at his style of play, with his multitude of moves to draw fouls, but it simply represents a star understanding how to leverage every advantage to win.

Regardless of one’s stance on Harden, few can deny that he is one of the greatest offensive players of this generation, if not of all-time. Here are fifteen of his most captivating performances since joining the Houston Rockets.

Only one of the games is a playoff performance — draw conclusions from that as you may. They are ranked definitively but subjectively, starting with one of his most iconic single moments and ending with the coup de grace of an incredible 2018-19 run.

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