An Texas rivalry made its way to the NBA bubble, and also actually ball games got back at bigger. The Firecrackers and Mavericks combined to rack up 302 points on Friday night– no, that’s not a typo. Houston wound up winning in overtime, 153-149, and the individual statistics were as remarkable as you could envision:
James Harden: 49 points, (14-20 FG), nine rebounds, 8 assists
Kristaps Porzingis: 39 points, 16 rebounds, two steals, one block
Russell Westbrook: 31 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists
Trey Burke : 31 points (8-10 3PT), 6 assists
Luka Doncic: 28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
While Burke appeared definitely out of place for the Mavericks, Harden was warm from the very beginning, showcasing his full offense collection all evening long. There was some worry that he wouldn’t be in shape after showing up late to the bubble, however he clearly wasn’t troubled on Friday.
In addition to the offending exploits, this was a big win for the Rockets, that removed a 14-point deficit to force overtime and eventually get the win. They move right into the No. 5 seed, ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as one game behind of the No. 4 Utah Jazz and 3 games behind the No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers.
The Beard (49 PTS, 9 REB & 8 AST) WENT OFF 🚀 pic.twitter.com/Bt6vdg4OV8
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