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Once again, James Harden took over on Thursday night in Oakland.

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After a back-and-forth game, Harden had to hit a 30-foot step-back jumper to get his team into overtime. The most he has scored is 50, which came in a win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14. That would be the largest gap between the first and second leading scorers since Michael Jordan over Dominique Wilkins in 1986-87. 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.

James Harden was hailed by Rockets GM Daryl Morey following his triple-double game-winning display on Thursday. On paper, Harden likely gets the edge now, but the Lakers star also has more talent around him in the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and other strong role players.

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Clint Capela recorded 29 points and 21 rebounds, helping the Rockets cut the deficit with some strong play around the rim, but it was Harden who came up with the big bucket at the end of regulation to send it into OT. According to Tas Melas of The Starters, it's something we've never seen before, not even from Curry or Thompson.

Nevermind that this was his eighth consecutive game of 35 points or more.

Harden described his confidence as being "through the roof", adding that it has been that way for some time now.

The Warriors were relatively successful with their top priority of defending Harden, which was to limit his trips to the free throw line. Yes, the team is taking way more long twos than they have in the past.

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