Austin Rivers says James Harden is NBA’s best ‘with the ball in his hands’
The Houston Rockets’ Christmas showdown against the Oklahoma City Thunder ended with a 113-109 victory for Houston, and Austin Rivers credits James Harden for that win.
Speaking to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Rivers said that his teammate is the best in the NBA ‘with the ball in his hands.’
Austin Rivers on James Harden: “I’m glad I don’t have to guard him no more, no step-backs. Now I just get to smile. He did a couple tonight man, I was just like goodness gracious. He’s the best offensive player in the NBA with the ball in his hands. There’s nobody like him.”
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 25, 2018
Harden had to carry the load for Houston, as Chris Paul was sidelined with a hamstring injury, which he suffered last week. Fortunately, Harden didn’t seem to take it to heart, as he came through with his seventh 40-point effort of the season. Last night, he racked up 41 points for his team, with seven assists and six rebounds.
But Austin Rivers, who was signed right after Paul was sidelined with his injury, did his part, too. The point guard scored 10 points and two rebounds off the bench, with six of those points coming on a pair of big 3-pointers during a fourth-quarter stretch.
Power forward Clint Capela — who is currently on the 2019 NBA All-Star Ballot — also did his fair share of work, scoring 16 points and 23 rebounds.
The victory in the Christmas showdown marks the seventh win (out of 8 games) for the Houston Rockets, who will next play against the Boston Celtics on December 27th at 8:00 p.m. EST.
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