James Harden obviously wanted to send a message. Against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers, the back of the Rockets has thus offered a festival, punishing his opponents with 3-pointers on defensive changes, or first-line. And when Patrick Beverley and company were too aggressive, he went to the circle …
A lesson from "The Beard" that ends with 47 points to 12/26 shooting, including 7/13 by far, 6 rebounds, 7 assists (plus 6 balloons lost) and that drove the Californians crazy. The departure of Patrick Beverley for six fouls (the last being very, very severe) and triggered the fury of his coach, Doc Rivers, expelled following two technical fouls.
It is in any case a reference victory for Houston (8v – 3d), now back to 2nd place in the West.