Half-century for James Harden as Houston star makes history

Ross Houston
December 15, 2018

The Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets meet Saturday in National Basketball Association action at the Spectrum Center. Willingly wearing the suit shorts for Game 2 despite all the criticism was a bold choice, and perhaps that also nets James a few extra points.

The Rockets were called for more fouls than the Lakers overall (24-21), but Houston took more free throws (32-27), led by Harden's 18-for-19 night and Paul's 5-for-6 showing from the stripe during the 126-111 victory over the Lakers.

The Rockets' strategy of switching a big man onto LeBron James wasn't working very well for them on Thursday night, as evidenced by this play where James simply blew by Rockets center Clint Capela for an easy dunk. In an overtime loss against the Washington Wizards in late November, Harden scored 54 points for his first 50-point game of the season. That included his first three-pointer of the season. He has produced four of the 13 50-point triple-doubles ever recorded in the league. LeBron James and Lonzo Ball purposely kept their hands and arms behind their backs while defending the Rockets.


The Rockets set several screens to make sure Harden had a chance to get to 50 on a floater in the final minute. He officially surpassed Kobe Bryant on the No.1 list last night against the Suns, who spoiled his fantastic landmark with their win, 99-89. In addition to Lamb, veteran point guard Tony Parker can still get a bucket and 20-year old Malik Monk as showed flashes of the player people expected him to be coming out of Kentucky.

James Harden stepped into the arena with swag on Thursday and backed it up on the court. "You got to try to keep your hands out of the cookie jar".

"How hard is it to play defense like that?"


With December 15th being the first day where players who were signed this offseason can be traded, Lakers rumors are starting to pick up. "Stop calling fouls.' But we can't, whether we get frustrated or not, we can't let that affect us going under screens or us not communicating. which I thought we could've done a better job of tonight". "So just trying not to touch them".

Both Walton and Kyle Kuzma were called for technical fouls, and Kuzma indicated the discrepancy was obvious.


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