James Harden was cooking.
He was draining threes, creating space with step backs, driving the lane, he was doing it all — Harden had 35 points on 26 shots to give the Rockets the win over Golden State. That included the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left that his teammates apparently didn’t want him to make.
The Warriors defense on Harden wasn’t sharp — 14 of his 26 shots were not contested, according to NBA.com, and he got to the left side of the court where he was hot at will — but he did what he does, hitting them and drawing contact when a guy was too close, getting to the line. It was a vintage Harden performance, and in this game he got some help from his teammates to earn the win.