- James Harden has had a rough start to life with the LA Clippers
- But he finally had his big moment on Friday night against Houston
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James Harden finally earned his first Clippers win on Friday night as he took down one of his former teams in dramatic fashion.
After being traded to LA from the Sixers, Harden and the Clippers had lost the first five games that he played in.
That skid ended against the Rockets though, as Harden converted a spectacular four-point play late in the fourth quarter to hand his team the lead and ultimately the win in an In-Season Tournament game.
With 9.4 seconds left and the game tied at 100, Harden got the ball at the top of three-point line before making one of his signature step-back three-pointers over Jae’Sean Tate with just six seconds remaining.
The defender also fouled Harden in the act, sending him tumbling to the ground as his shot sailed in, and he would soon make a free throw to give the Clippers a 104-100 lead.
James Harden hit the biggest shot of the game as the Clippers beat the Rockets on Friday
He was sent tumbling to the ground as he made a three-pointer while being fouled in the act
They would eventually win 106-100.
With 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists – not to mention his massive shot – it was easily his finest performance as a Clipper since arriving on his new team.
‘I’m getting real close,’ Harden said of his performance level, according to ESPN. ‘I’m getting close to myself every game I feel like I’m improving.’
The win improved LA to a 4-7 record.
While it was a great night for Harden, however, it was a more quiet evening for his teammate Russell Westbrook, who volunteered to come off the bench before the game.
In his new reserve role, he played just 17 minutes – the least of any game since he joined the Clippers last season.