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James Harden ‘Could Score 100’


If James Harden “put his mind to it,” he could score 100 points in a single game, according to DeMar DeRozan.

DeRozan, who obviously hopes the NBA’s single-game scoring record isn’t reached against the Spurs tonight, says Harden’s mind-boggling numbers aren’t shocking, having watched his friend get buckets since they were California kids.

Harden leads the NBA in scoring with an absurd 38.9 points a night.

Per The San Antonio Express-News:

“I’m pretty sure if he put his mind to it, he could score 100,” DeRozan said.

They were high school rivals and playground friends. Over time, DeRozan has watched Harden blossom into the NBA’s most feared scorer. He is not surprised at what his buddy has become.

“Even in college (at Arizona State), he led the nation is scoring for a while,” DeRozan said. “So for me it is not surprising.”

DeRozan might even be rooting for Harden to get there. Just not Tuesday.

“Nah, hell no,” DeRozan said. “He can do it some other time.”

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Post Up: James Harden Records Historic 60-Point Game


Nuggets 97 (13-4), Kings 100 (8-10) (OT)

Sacramento battled back from a 17-point third quarter deficit to snap the Nuggets’ six-game winning streak.

Harrison Barnes dropped a game-high 30 points, including several clutch buckets in OT, and finishing with a +17 plus/minus. Buddy Hield added 21 points with 7 boards.

Pacers 116 (12-7), Sixers 119 (14-6)

Ben Simmons came away with three huge steals in the final minute to help the Sixers remain undefeated at home.

Joel Embiid dropped a game-high 32 points with 11 boards. Simmons finished with 15 points, 13 dimes and 4 steals.

Hawks 111 (4-16), Rockets 158 (13-6)

James Harden was simply on another level.

Harden dropped 29 of his game-high 60 points in the third quarter before sitting out the entire fourth. Harden needed just 24 shots to get his 60-piece—setting a new record for fewest field-goal attempts in a 60-point game. He was an insane +50 in his 31 minutes.

Atlanta has now lost an abysmal 10 straight games.

Hornets 96 (8-13), Bucks 137 (17-3)

Milwaukee led for all 48 minutes and by as much as 44 points during the fourth quarter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped a game-high 26 points with 9 boards and had a +23 plus/minus.

Milwaukee has now won 11 straight games.





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James Harden Dismisses Proposed in-Season NBA Tournament


James Harden isn’t exactly impressed by the NBA’s proposed in-season tournament, as the League looks to shake things up.

Harden dismisses the idea as something better left in the college basketball ranks:

“I don’t really care,” P.J. Tucker said. “It’s like cup stuff. The NBA, I doubt they’ll ever get to that. We play for an NBA championship. I don’t want to play for anything else. There is nothing else. It’s like a consolation? I don’t know. We play for an NBA championship, period.”

Rockets guard James Harden was even more dismissive of the idea. “Are we in college?” he said. “Is this college?”

Harden (34 points) and Rockets teammate Russell Westbrook (27 points) led the way as Houston snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 117-108 win against the visiting Miami Heat.

Per The AP:

“When those two guys get going downhill it puts a lot of pressure on a lot of people which causes me to be open-open,” [Daniel] House said after scoring a career-high 23 points. “So thank you Russ and James.”

Harden said House is getting better at taking advantages of opportunities when teams double him.

“He works every single day on his shot,” Harden said. “Those opportunities are going to come for him and the more confident he gets the easier those shots will be.”





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Paul George ‘Knew’ Russell Westbrook-James Harden Pairing Would Work


Russell Westbrook‘s partnership with James Harden in Houston has been a success, which did not come as a surprise to Paul George.

George, who played alongside Westbrook in OKC for two seasons before ultimately requesting a trade, says “Russ is a heckuva teammate.”

PG adds that he spoke to Westbrook first about his desire to relocate to L.A. last summer.

Per ESPN:

“I knew it was going to work,” George said at the morning shootaround before the Clippers face the Rockets on Friday night. “Russ is a winner. Russ wants to win, Russ does whatever it takes to win. My time playing with him, Russ doesn’t really have an ego. He puts his ego to the side.

“He allowed me to be myself, he allowed me to be comfortable. And I had one of the best career [years] I had while playing alongside him. Russ is a heckuva teammate.”

Playing alongside Westbrook, George finished third in MVP voting last season, averaging career-highs of 28 points and 8.2 rebounds to go with a career-high-tying 4.1 assists per game.

“I made sure that was the first thing that I did was talk to Russ and get his temperature and see what he was looking [for] and see where he was at with things,” George told ESPN in October during Clippers training camp. “The relationship [with Westbrook] never stopped. The relationship never was a part of the reason why I left. Me and Russ got along great. I enjoyed [it]. I learned so much from playing alongside Russ. He made me a better player and person.”

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