Harden Outlasts his Early Struggles to Pull Out a Win

0-15, Harden started his night shooting 0-15 from the field and 0-9 from three. The most misses to start a playoff game in 20 years. The Rockets proved they can win even if Harden is not playing at an MVP level. He ended 3-20 from the field for the game, he still hit 14 of his 16 attempts from the charity stripe.

The Jazz are one of the best defensive teams in the league, they got torched by Harden the first two games of the series. Harden has been electric all season, but people questioned his playoff history and how he would play this year. The haters will find the stats from this game and say Harden falls off in the postseason. He almost had triple doubles in both of the Rockets home wins.

This proves that the Rockets can be a championship contender. If they can win when Harden goes 3-20, imagine what will happen when he plays well. Harden said in a post game interview that he had no idea that he started out 0-15. Whether you believe him or not, he knows the trust he has from his team to just keep shooting. That is what he did, he hit his three shots for the game late in the fourth quarter. He also hit 4 free throws to help the Rockets pull out the win.

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