James Harden Hits Ridiculous 3 To Beat Warriors In Overtime

Watch: James Harden's Clutch Three Closes Out Wild Game Between Rockets and Warriors

Watch: James Harden's Clutch Three Closes Out Wild Game Between Rockets and Warriors

Early in January, Harden finds himself as the favorite, but it's actually not even James who's his closest competition, as Odds Shark revealed (per SuperBookUSA).

Reporter: "Did you know how far out of bounds you were?"

The insane part is, he also hit a 3-pointer that wound up sending the game into overtime. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are among the top candidates, as well.

While Harden is well aware of his prowess, he wishes pundits and fans would stop focusing on one of the underlying reasons for his gaudy point totals - the frequency with which referees reward him with trips to the free-throw line. Up stepped the reigning league MVP to tie the game. That would be the largest gap between the first and second leading scorers since Michael Jordan over Dominique Wilkins in 1986-87.

Harden, who was named Western Conference Player of the Month earlier in the day, has gotten exhausted of hearing complaints about all the whistles that are blown in his favor. Klay Thompson added 26. Harden stared down Draymond Green after hitting the game-winning three over Green's outstretched arms, then had words with him a few moments later. "And we'll see. Game on".

Nevermind that this was his eighth consecutive game of 35 points or more.

This marks the sixth time Harden has received the honor in his career, all coming as a Houston Rocket, according to the team. Yes, the team is taking way more long twos than they have in the past.

Nearly all of those have come in the form of Harden's signature step back. In general, Harden's production and the fact he's winning games at this rate with a shorthanded lineup and a roster with little depth is eye-opening.

"The work. Yesterday I was in that same spot shooting the same shots", Harden said.

The team was 11-4 in December with Harden averaging 36.4 points, 7.9 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.80 steals, according to the Houston Rockets. He's reached double figure assists and rebounds - as well as points - in four of his last 12 games. He hasn't scored less than 30 points in a game since December 11. In doing so, he broke a tie with Russell Westbrook for the most 50-point triple-doubles (4) in National Basketball Association history. You can't. Can't guard him.

That's an incredible load to carry, but Harden isn't showing any signs of slowing down. He's just kicked it up a notch since Chris Paul was ruled out indefinitely with a hamstring injury. Eric Gordon is the only other Rocket to have a usage rate greater than 20.0 percent during that stretch.

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