Fantasy Basketball Stud Performance: James Harden

By Michael J. Igyarto
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets held off the Charlotte Bobcats for a 109-95 victory on Saturday night. Bobcats have lost three in a row and six of their last seven. Charlotte’s struggles in the Lone Star state continue, as they have now lost eight straight games in Houston.

Fantasy basketball owners of James Harden had to be pleased with his performance on Saturday night.  Harden recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. “The Beard” shot 6-11 from the field, 8-9 from the charity stripe, and also chipped in one steal and one block.

It was an impressive stat line for Harden since the Bobcats held him to only four points in the opening quarter. Harden began to heat up in the second half, scoring seven points in the first five minutes of the 3rd quarter. Harden also earned himself a technical foul in the 3rd quarter for mouthing off to an official.

The Bobcats refused to go away quietly though, as they were down by as much as 15, but took an 88-83 lead early in the fourth quarter before burning out. Harden and Chandler Parsons were too much to handle down the stretch. Rockets outscored the Bobcats 30-18 in the final quarter.

The Bobcats may have lost rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for an unknown amount of time as he collided with teammate Jeffery Taylor in the 4th quarter. He was taken off the court on a stretcher, fitted with a neck brace, then taken to a local Houston hospital.

Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said that MGK was moving his extremities and was talking as he was wheeled off the court. Hope for the best for the rookie, but the reality is he wasn’t much of a factor in terms of fantasy basketball anyway, so his injury shouldn’t affect many.


Michael J. Igyarto is a featured columnist and fantasy basketball expert at Rant Sports

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