James Harden, once again, did not play his best basketball in an elimination game, and combined things with an inexcusable rotation at a critical moment.
The Houston Rockets of Harden lost 107-102 after a triple of Steph Curry with 1:28 remaining in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday night. Harden went to get the ball out from under his basket and threw a lazy pbad to Chris Paul who was stolen by Klay Thompson.
Steph Curry hits 3 and the Rockets just throw the ball. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL pic.twitter.com/Jmi6yfnze3
– gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 11, 2019
Even though the Warriors did not get any points for the theft, the rotation still cost Houston a possession and time on the clock when they could least afford to lose one of the two.
Harden made two shots after that rotation and finished with 35 points, so it was not as bad as in 2017. But that's the exact kind of mistake that people can point to as the rockets' downfall. You can not commit six turnovers like Harden did. I just needed to be better and it was not.
Houston stalled by 97 points during approximately four minutes of play during the fourth quarter. In the final stretch, the Warriors made more shots and plays than the Rockets. It's that easy.