James Harden had one of the best nights of his career on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors, finishing with a gigantic 44-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound triple-double and an overtime game-winner to put icing on the cake. Houston Rockets teammate Eric Gordon thinks Harden's game-winning shot against their rival is the toughest he has seen him make, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Down two with only 5.5 seconds to go in the overtime period, Harden took on a beautifully executed double-team and still nailed the game-winning 3-point basket despite being surrounded by an elite defender in Klay Thompson and a former Defensive Player of the Year in Draymond Green, finding just enough air space to let it fly:

Harden shot the air out of the ball throughout the whole game, making only 13 of his 32 attempts from the floor, but he did save his best for last, as he became a nightmare to defend in the second half and the overtime period.

A game-winner of this caliber surely elevates him and his case for a repeat Most Valuable Player award, now having taken the Rockets from the penultimate position in the unforgiving Western Conference to fourth place.

The Beard should have plenty more performances like this with Chris Paul out with a hamstring injury, as the bulk of the offensive load rests on his broad shoulders, as well as his ability to deliver in the clutch.