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James Harden’s leaning game winner to beat Spurs (VIDEO)

Mar 25, 2013, 1:47 AM EDT

James Harden is a superstar. And it’s not just the beard. When he was traded from being the Thunder’s super-sub there was no question he was good, but there was a question about whether he could be a No. 1, franchise cornerstone guy.

Yes, yes he is. Ask the Spurs. He had 18 of his 29 points in the second half and hit this game winner with 4.5 seconds on the clock. He does a good job creating space from Kawhi Leonard (who chased him over the pick with no help), then got to the free throw line, tried to sell the foul with some body english, then just drained the shot anyway.

Big time shot. Big time player. There’s reason for real optimism in Houston right now.

  1. ncm42 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Is it possible the Thunder would have been better off keeping Harden and parting with Westbrook?

  2. dreamzilla - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    u know as a thunder fan i keep asking myself the same question …westbrook drives me crazy and i love him at the same time…with harden in there there was no cursing at the tv and stuff whenever he took the shot and not force it

  3. ortizmari27 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    As a Los Spurs fan glad JH is not with the thunder anymore!!!!

  4. jda247 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Harden earning his money!

  5. 4thquartermagic - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Had it not been for Hardens disappearing act in the finals last year. Coupled with Westbrooks good/great play in most of the games, I think it would’ve been Westy who would’ve got shipped out.

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