Guard. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN. A. In a night of few bright spots, James Harden, as usual, was once again the brightest. The Beard, along with everyone else, got off to a slow start. Harden was settling for the longball too often early on, even when matched up one-on-one with the likes of Jakob Poeltl. He also was not drawing the usual fouls he’s used to getting, as Gregg Popovich seemed to have his team well-prepared not to bite on his tricky offensive maneuvers. The second half was a different story, however, as Harden started getting to the line more often and began lighting up the Spurs from the outside. A good portion of his 40 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists came in the fourth quarter against San Antonio’s reserve unit, so despite his stat-line, Harden doesn’t quite get an A+.