The guard commanded the Rockets, who defeated the Los Angeles quintet 113-97, which did not have its maximum figure.
James Harden gave another indication of why he is the most offensive player in the NBA. This Thursday, the man of the Rockets took advantage of the absence of Lebron James and commanded his team’s 113-97 victory over the Lakers.
Harden, who had 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, was unstoppable to the point of surpassing Michael Jordan as the guard with the most double doubles, having overcome the barrier of 35 goals on 73 occasions, against the 72 that remained in the Bulls star record.
On the other hand, with the first place in the Western Conference assured and already thinking about what the postseason will be, the Lakers did not have James because of a groin discomfort and that was very noticeable, especially in his defensive game to the time to hard mark a Harden that out of 19 field goals was successful in 11.
And while Harden scored almost everything from the perimeter, the Lakers missed a lot (two of 19), a sign that without their maximum star morale and order also drop. Anthony Davis was the best on the LA team with 17 units and 12 rebounds.
The Lakers will have to think about many things, including the balance in the event that James continues with discomfort and has to be absent more times. For now, the losses are tolerable, almost acceptable, but not later.
– Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) August 7, 2020
More games of the day:
Pacers 99-114 Suns
Clippers 126-111 Mavericks
Trail Blazers 125-115 Nuggets
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