Houston Rockets star James Harden is taking souls and snatching ankles during a torrid stint that has seen him score at least 32 points in every game since Dec. 13. An ankle-breaking, behind-the-back move had Denver Nuggets point man Jamal Murray sliding out of position and onto the floor on Monday night, giving Harden enough space to knock down a long wing three and get fouled in the recovery.
James Harden…… No step back needed on Jamal Murray here 😅 pic.twitter.com/twDTwt7YU7
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 8, 2019
The ball maneuver was ruthless, but Harden was surprised at how far Murray fell from what seemed like an ordinary dribble move. But he quickly shifted his attention to finishing that highlight reel.
“It kind of caught me off guard how far he fell,” said Harden on Tuesday after a 125-113 win over the Nuggets. “I tried to knock down the shot after.
“I got to finish. That's what makes the move, it's the finish. Finish what you started.”
“It kind of caught me off guard how far he fell,” James Harden on his memorable 3 over Jamal Murray pic.twitter.com/n7goOUub77
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIko) January 8, 2019
Harden's next-day quotes were just as merciless as his handles, as he seems to produce one highlight after another in each of his games. The Rockets bounced back from a loss against the Portland Trail Blazers with the win over the top-seeded Nuggets.
Doing it over Murray, who is known to trade barbs in-game, is the icing in the cake. It's one The Beard seems eager to eat on his lonesome with back-court mates Chris Paul and Eric Gordon out for the foreseeable future.