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Without Rockets’ James Harden on the court, Knicks were surging

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Reddit user r/MrDarkHorse laid out a graph showing how the New York Knicks began to surge once James Harden went to the bench during their game against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden.

James Harden on the night scored 61 unassisted points along with 15 boards and four assists in Houston’s 114-110 win against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Harden yet again is having a career year. He’s averaging 36.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game while shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 37.4 from beyond the arc. His ability as a scorer is simply ridiculous. He’s having the greatest stretch of any offensive player in the history of the NBA. Especially in the modern era.

Danny Green, one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, had a lot to say about his performance.

“He’s great at using his body. He knows how to draw fouls. You can’t use your hands the way you want to (against him). It’s hard to play defense without your hands. He shoots the ball well from beyond the arc. He’s gonna keep attacking, keep getting to the basket. And he’s a lefty. He’s very good with his Euro-step, and he’s a lefty. Lefty’s are hard to guard. So we’ll try our best to limit and contain him as much as possible.”

The Rockets are now 27-20 on the season and sit at the fifth spot in the NBA’s Western Conference. The Rockets will be facing off next against Danny Green and the Toronto Raptors on Friday, January 25th.

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