• by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Rockets' James Harden sets playoff record with 13 turnovers

    Rockets guard James Harden committed an NBA playoffs record 13 turnovers in Wednesday night's 104-90 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. The loss eliminated the Rockets from the postseason and advanced the Warriors to the NBA finals. "Unacceptable," Harden said, via NBA.com. Harden, who was brilliant in a 45-point effort in Game 4, struggled throughout Wednesday's elimination game. He scored 14 points but only went 2-of-11 shooting from the field. He made 10 of 11 free throws and missed all three of his three-point attempts.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    James Harden said Rockets won't quit down 3-1 to Warriors

    Though the Rockets were able to win Game 4, they still face an uphill climb as their down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals to the Warriors. Even with the odds stacked against them, the Rockets don't plan on backing down in Game 5. Guard James Harden, who scored 45 points in Game 4, said his team will be up for the challenge once again Wednesday night. "We just don't quit," Harden said, via the Houston Chronicle. "No matter how down we look, we just don't ever give up. It's another case tonight where we have to win a tough one on the road. We have to be locked in."

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Rockets G James Harden drops 45 in Game 4 win

    Rockets guard James Harden had a magnificent game to help keep his team alive in the playoffs. Down 3-0 entering Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, Harden scored 45 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field in Houston's 128-115 win over Golden State. This marked the second time Harden has scored over 40 times during the postseason. Harden made 7 of 11 three-pointers and made sank 12 of his 13 free-throw attempts. He also had nine rebounds and five assists.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Rockets' James Harden scores 38 in Game 2 loss vs. Warriors

    Rockets guard James Harden scored a team-high 38 points on 13 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 6 shooting from behind the arc, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 99-98 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday. Harden was magnificient for much of the night, but after the Rockets managed to force a missed shot with less than 10 seconds on the clock, they elected not to take their final timeout, racing down the court to try and take advantage of numbers. Harden found himself in a double-team and passed the ball away, but it was sent right back to him and he was unable to get a potential game-winning shot off before turning the ball over. Harden also added 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block in the near triple-double. The Rockets head into Game 3 in Houston on Saturday down 2-0 in the series.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Stephen Curry, LeBron James unanimous All-NBA choices

    Stephen Curry and LeBron James were unanimous choices for the All-NBA first team, announced on Thursday. The Warriors' Curry, who was named NBA MVP, and the Cavaliers' James received first team votes on all 129 ballots submitted. Joining Curry at guard on the All-NBA team is the Rockets' James Harden, who received 125 votes. Joining James at forward is Anthony Davis of the Pelicans (119 votes). The center is Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies (65 votes). The second team consists of the Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, the Bulls' Pau Gasol, the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the Clippers' Chris Paul. The third team is the Spurs' Tim Duncan, the Clippers' Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Warriors' Klay Thompson and the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Rockets' James Harden's near triple-double not enough in Game 1

    Rockets guard James Harden's near triple-double effort wasn't enough in Tuesday's 110-106 Game 1 loss to the Warriors. Harden scored a team-high 28 points on 11 of 20 shooting from the field, including 1 of 3 from downtown, and 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. He grabbed 11 boards, handed out nine assists and racked up four steals while logging 42 minutes of game action. Harden is averaging 26.8 points, 7.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds through 13 playoff games.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    G James Harden leads Rockets to conference finals

    Thanks to guard James Harden's 31 points, the Rockets erased a 3-1 deficit and knocked out the Clippers 113-100 on Sunday to advance to the Western Conference finals. As is his custom, Harden did most of his damage from the free throw line, where he went 15-for-18. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight assists as the Rockets became just the ninth team to overcome a 3-1 hole to win a playoff series. "There's only a handful of teams that's done that. We fought back. We fought three really hard games and came away with it," Harden said. Harden scored 12 points in the first quarter to get the Rockets off the right foot en route to his 15th playoff double-double.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Rockets G James Harden on benching: 'I was a cheerleader'

    For a runner-up in the MVP voting, Rockets guard James Harden apparently doesn't have a huge ego. He is at least claiming to be fine with sitting out the fourth quarter while his teammates staged one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history. The Rockets returned from apparent oblivion Thursday night to overtake the host Clippers in Game 6 and force a deciding game in Houston. Most shocking was that they did it with Harden on the bench. "Amazing. It was really amazing," Harden told the Houston Chronicle. "Just really proud of those guys in the fourth quarter, man, to keep fighting, keep battling. They did a tremendous job on both ends of the floor, battling, holding that team to 15 points. Being down 13, ... those guys kept battling and it was an amazing job. "I was a cheerleader. I was one of their biggest supporters. I was so excited for those guys. The energy they brought was unbelievable. I could have checked back in, but those guys had it rolling on both ends of the floor." Harden scored 17 points in the second quarter to help the Rockets forge a six-point lead, but made just 1-of-7 shots in the second half. He finished with 23 points on 5-of-20 shooting.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Rockets guard James Harden (flu) says he's ready for Game 6

    Rockets guard James Harden said he is feeling better as he heads into Thursday's Game 6 matchup against the Clippers, reports the Houston Chronicle. "I'm all right," Harden said. "I'm good." Harden has been dealing with an illness, but it has not caused him to miss any games in the series. "I'm in a good place right now," he said. The Rockets are 8 1/2-point underdogs to the Clippers on Thursday.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Report: Rockets guard James Harden still dealing with illness

    Heading into Thursday's Game 6 matchup against the Clippers, Rockets guard James Harden is still feeling the effects of the flu, sources told ESPN.com. Harden was also dealing with the flu when he scored 26 points in the Game 5 win Tuesday. While Harden is still dealing with the flu, the sources indicated his condition has improved and he intends to play Thursday. "He looked OK," coach Kevin McHale said Wednesday. "He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn't do anything. He looked OK." The Rockets are 8 1/2-point underdogs to the Clippers on Thursday.