Harden tallied 35 points (11-25 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 7-12 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 118-113 loss to the Warriors. The Rockets were eliminated by the Warriors once again Friday despite a game-high 35 points by Harden. It was certainly a tough loss for the Rockets to swallow given the Warriors were without Kevin Durant (calf). It is the second straight season in which the Rockets have been knocked out by the Warriors on their own home floor. On a personal note, Harden is yet to establish himself as a clutch playoff performer in terms of a statement series victory. He will be likely battling for the leagues MVP award once again but that will come as little solace for what could have been a championship season.
Harden totaled 31 points (10-16 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 8-10 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, four steals, and one block in 45 minutes during Wednesday's 104-99 loss to the Warriors. The series continues to go to script with the home team winning each of the first five games. Harden did his best to steal homecourt advantage but it wasn't enough as the Rockets went behind 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Harden himself continues to have a stellar post-season but will need to come with everything he's got if the Rockets are to force a deciding Game 7. The Warriors could be without Kevin Durant (calf) which would certainly work in the Rockets favor. That being said, the Rockets will need to avoid falling into the trap of overconfidence in what is sure to be another close matchup.
Harden amassed 38 points(13-29 FG, 6-17 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes during Monday's 112-108 victory over the Warriors. Harden dropped a game-high 38 points Monday, leading the Rockets to a series-tying victory in Game 4 against the Warriors. His lingering eye concerns appeared a non-issue during the game and the Rockets have to feel good heading back to Oakland with everything squared up. Harden received support on the offensive end from a number of unusual suspects, an element that will need to continue if the Rockets are to take back homecourt advantage with a win Wednesday.
Harden ended with 41 points (14-32 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 8-8 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 44 minutes during Saturday's 126-121 victory over the Warriors. Harden had no limitations Saturday, ending the game with 41 points in 44 minutes. Despite obvious redness in both eyes, Harden appeared unwavering in his efforts, leading the Rockets to a five-point overtime victory. He scored 28 points in the second half and overtime, including a number of clutch baskets to eventually seal the victory. The series will remain in Houston for Game 4 and another win would see things even at 2-2.
Harden (eye) is not expected to have vision issues for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports. Harden sustained hits to both eyes, as well as a cut under his left eyelid, during a physical Game 2 loss, and while his vision was impaired for much of the night, postgame tests revealed no significant, lasting damage. Harden, who said he could "barely see" for much of Game 2, will have three full days off before Game 3, which is essentially a must-win for the Rockets, who trail in the series 0-2.
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