James Harden notched a triple double in a Houston Rockets 132-127 double overtime win over the Golden State Warriors.
With 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, Harden notched his fourth triple double of the 2016-17 NBA season. Only seven turnovers marred the positive performance from the explosive offensive talent. Harden only achieved three triple doubles all of last season. He only trails Russell Westbrook, who has nine triple doubles, in the department this season.
Harden was aided by Ryan Anderson, who also scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. Anderson shot 5-10 from three point range as opposed to the 2-11 clip from Harden. Three point shooting, although voluminous in the game, was poor for both teams. In total, the Rockets shot 31 percent on 14-44 shooting from three point range. The Warriors fared even worse, shooting 27 percent on 12-44 shooting. Kevin Durant, who scored 39 points, only shot 3-11 from deep. Steph Curry, who scored 28 points, shot 4-13 on threes. Klay Thompson shot a woeful 4-20 overall from the field and 3-13 from three point range to score 15 points.
“[The win was] a statement win to show the whole NBA that we can compete with anybody in the league,” said Rockets guard, Patrick Beverley. “We’re a very confident team. That’s the one thing coach instilled in the team.”
Draymond Green accrued a flagrant foul for kicking James Harden in the head.
“I thought there was other calls that could have been called flagrant, too,” said Green after the game. “I’m under the impression that if you’re hit in the head, incidental contact, I think that’s a flagrant foul if I’m not mistaken.”