Dwyane Wade Marvels at James Harden’s Greatness via Social Media

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The Rockets were thankful for James Harden and the referees should be, too.

After James Harden dropped 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds - oh, and one dagger - in Thursday night's OT win over the Warriors, his teammate, Austin Rivers, also went of, at least in the locker room.

That final three to win the game in overtime was wild because he was well-defended by two players and still made it. The Rockets, after a dismal 11-14 start to the season, now sit at 22-16 after a six-game winning streak, and their general manager is thinking big picture after downing the Warriors. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are among the top candidates, as well.

Harden has scored over 40 points in each of the Rockets' last five games.

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Even though Curry, who led the Warriors with 35 points, didn't like the way the game ended, he enjoyed the back-and-forth between the Rockets and Warriors.

After a back-and-forth game, Harden had to hit a 30-foot step-back jumper to get his team into overtime. Harden's 8.6 assists per game are good for fourth in the National Basketball Association.

Harden is tied with Hakeem Olajuwon for the most player of the month awards in franchise history, team officials said. Kevin Durant (26 points) missed a 3-pointer at the end. He's reached double figure assists and rebounds - as well as points - in four of his last 12 games. He's scoring just over 40 points on only 25.3 field goal attempts per game while averaging 5.9 made threes on 41.7 percent shooting from behind the arc. Harden wows the world with his regular season output, but his underwhelming postseason play invites a wave of criticism and a rethinking of his greatness both contemporarily and historically.