James Harden started out the game more in playmaker mode, setting up his teammates.
But by the end he had another vintage James Harden night — 31 points on 20 shots, 8 assists and 18 trips to the free throw line. He was attacking and getting in the paint, hitting a few threes and generally playing like a guy who should have been in the MVP discussion.
It was at the heart of the Rockets’ Game 7 win over the Clippers.
Now he needs to do the same thing against the Warriors and the No. 1 defense in the NBA.