28 points do not seem that anything went wrong but believe it or not, James Harden produced such a huge one while at the worst accuracy of his shooting against a powerhouse team like San Antonio Spurs.
Half of Harden's points came from the free-throw line. Knowing that he's not shooting well especially from his specialty -- beyond the arc, he bolstered his aggressiveness to draw out fouls and earn his points easier from the line.
It may have been the worst night for Harden yet he showed flexibility and smart play by knowing what to do in order to provide the needs of the team in a different way in times that his comfort zone seems not really like his comfort zone.
Thanks to Chris Paul who also scored 28 points 'efficiently' for the help provided to the struggling Harden and also to a Clint Capela double-double of q8 points 10 rebounds.
With James Harden able to play at his best with the worst shooting, stopping his 3 point shooting is slashed out on the options to shut him down. The only way to shut him down is him being totally out of the game.
The Rockets are getting stronger and stronger. Someone would step up to fill in somebody's gap. Rockets isn't only about Harden clearly, there's Chris Paul, Clint Capela and sooner or later everyone on the squad would be as good as any team's key players. Who knows? They can be in line with super team's maybe not with names but with skills and talents.
With a solid performance like this. The number one spot for the Rockets is and will be tightly sealed.