Harden triple-double lifts Rockets to 8th in row
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[January 09, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - After
producing his 10th triple-double of the season, it was a
single-digit number that brought the biggest smile from James
He had 40 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, but
when asked which of those numbers brought him the most satisfaction,
the chose the blocks.
"Key plays at the end of the game," Harden said after the Houston
Rockets' 129-122 comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday
night. "It was a charge. Just try to do the intangible things to
help out. Obviously, we know I can hit shots and whatnot, but just
trying to do the small things that win games."
Both blocks were on Toronto star DeMar DeRozan, the second with 2:01
to play. The plays helped the Rockets, who trailed by 13 points in
the third quarter, rally to extend their winning streak to eight
"They put their heads down, attacked our feet," Raptors coach Dwane
Casey said. "There was a stretch where we played good basketball for
39 minutes, but it is a 48-minute game, and we have to extend that."
Harden said the key to the Rockets' success is unselfishness.
"Helping each other out, having each other's backs," he said.
"Offensively, we're knocking down shots, we're playing off the
catch, we're doing the small things to help each other out."
Harden registered at least a double-double in a 17th consecutive
game. He also had two steals Sunday, and he committed 10 turnovers.
"We had 15 turnovers as a team and I had 10 of them, and I've got
the ball in my hands 90 percent of the time," he said. "It's going
to happen. I can have 15 turnovers, as long as we have 15 turnovers
as a team, it doesn't matter, who cares."
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Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after sinking a basket during
a 129-122 win over Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory
Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Rockets were 2 of 11 in three-point attempts in the first half and
finished at 11 of 38 from beyond the arc.
"Our defense got a lot tougher and we were able to get into the open
floor and made some good shots," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.
"Obviously, Trevor (Ariza) got off there and kept us in the game.
But we mostly got out in transition, either got fouled or got
layups. That came from our defense."
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