Rockets star James Harden showed why he’s clearly deserving of the MVP Award with an otherworldly performance in Sunday’s 104-101 win over the Timberwolves in the team’s playoff opener.
Harden was the clear difference-maker in the game, with 44 points on 15-of-26 shooting. He was especially hot from the perimeter, as he drained seven of 12 three-pointer she attempted.
He was so hot that he got away with the most blatant travel ever in the second quarter. Check out the “extra” stepback he took here on this three-point jumper.
To his credit, though, he drained it.
We can’t blame the officials for overlooking the extra steps. Harden put on a show and completely took over the game from start to finish. He earned the right to walk a bit.