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Thunder’s Luguentz Dort has shut down James Harden in series vs. Rockets

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According to NBA Advanced Stats Player Tracking analysis, Houston Rockets superstar guard James Harden is just 8-of-34 (23.5 percent) from the field when defended by Oklahoma City Thunder wing Luguentz Dort.

Justin Russo of the CLIP & ROLL podcast shared the incredible stat.

The Rockets and Thunder are tied at 2-2. Luguentz Dort has done a terrific job on James Harden and now OKC has momentum against Houston after winning Games 3 and 4.

Harden is averaging 32.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 percent from the free throw line in the series overall. Look for the Thunder to keep putting Dort on the former MVP since the numbers show he’s doing a good job on The Beard.

There’s a lot of pressure on the Rockets to win this series against the Thunder. OKC, meanwhile, is playing with house money. Chris Paul is enjoying playing the agitator role with the Rockets, as the future Hall of Famer is motivated to defeat Houston after they traded him last offseason.

The Rockets have already announced that Russell Westbrook won’t play in Game 5. Houston may have to get creative, stop shooting so many threes and going one-one-one since OKC has seemingly figured out how to stop the Rockets.

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