Fantasy Basketball Stud Performance: James Harden

By Michael J. Igyarto
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James Harden of the Houston Rockets continues to put up huge numbers for his fantasy basketball owners. Wednesday night’s battle against his old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, would be no exception. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 122-119, and Harden looked to be a man on a mission against his old teammates.

Harden played all but 2 minutes of regulation, scoring a career-high of 46 points, and shot an impressive 14-19 from the field. He was nearly perfect in tonight’s game, going 7-8 from downtown, and 11-12 from the free throw line. He also grabbed 8 rebounds, dished out six assists, one steal, and one block. Not to mention, he only turned the ball over twice all night.

With seconds to go in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook drove to the basket for what looked to be the final shot of the period. Westbrook turned the ball over and Harden took it to mid-court and heaved a half-court shot that was nothing but net. It got the crowd going, but the Thunder still held a 92-87 advantage despite Harden’s circus shot.

Houston looked like it was headed for defeat, as they were down by as much as 15 point with about seven minutes left. The Rockets used a 21-4 run to erase the deficit and take a 114-111 lead with 1:46 remaining, and they would never look back.

It was a stat-stuffing performance for Harden and his owners are being rewarded on a nightly basis. Field goal percentage, three pointers made, free throw percentage, rebounds, assists, and steals…The list goes on for Harden’s ability to provide each and every statistical category for those who own him. He’s more than just a pure shooter who can score, and he proved it tonight against his former team.



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

Follow Michael on twitter: @windycityiggy


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