James Harden Drops 45 Points in Second Game With Rockets
continues his hot streak as a Houston Rocket by dropping a career-high
45 points in a 109-102 win over the Atlanta Hawks Friday night.
Harden entered Friday’s game with the Rockets coming off a victory
over the Detroit Pistons where he debuted with 37 points, 12 assists,
six rebounds and four steals.
The Hawks struggled at times to find their offense since trading
guard Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets in the summer. New signee Lou
Williams led the Hawks with 22 points in his debut since moving back to
his hometown from the Philadelphia 76ers. Josh Smith added a
double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
James Harden proved to be too much for the Hawks to handle and had his way slicing through the Hawks defense.
Coach Larry Drew admitted that Hawks had problems with rebounding and on the defensive, which Harden exposed.
“When he gets the basketball in transition, he’s going to get to the
basket,” Drew said. “It won’t be just one guy’s responsibility, it will
be a team responsibility.”
Jeremy Lin mentioned that Harden makes a significant difference in when he plays at such a high level.
“He frees everybody up,” Lin said, who had 21 points, 10 rebounds and
seven assists. “ He knows what he’s doing. We’re thankful that he
Harden is getting use to having the offense ran through him compared
to coming off the bench in Oklahoma City where he won the Sixth Man of
the Year Award.
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||Date Submitted: 11/3/2012 1:20 PM
Posted By: Single In The City