In a game that reminded everyone why he was the league MVP previous year, Harden did everything he could to carry the Houston Rockets to a win over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, dropping 44 points in a 135-134 overtime victory. He was only 13/32 from the field but was 10/23 on threes, making a 3-pointer to tie the game and send it to OT, and another to win the game in overtime.
Following the Warriors game, Daryl Morey added that "you can argue for [Harden] as the best offensive player of all time".
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Harden's recent offensive explosion has lifted the Rockets to fourth in the Western Conference and over the past 12 games, he is averaging 40.1 points per game, nine assists and 6.6 rebounds, with the Rockets going 11-1 over that span. Curry had 35 points while Durant and Klay Thompson both had 26. "I just had to go out and do my part on the highest level".
Harden finished with 44 points, marking his fifth-straight 40-point game, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. "You have a lead like that, you don't lose at home", he said.