James Harden is a cold-blooded man.
The Houston Rockets forward took matters into his own hands against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. With the Warriors up by one and less than five seconds remaining in the game, “The Beard” drove down the court, pulled a nasty stutter-step spin move and hit the winner—which swished through the net, never even touching the rim—to cut the first round series deficit to 2-1.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 22, 2016
The shot put the Rockets up 97-96, but there was still 2.7 seconds on the clock—plenty of time for Golden State to get off another attempt—which is probably why the Houston bench was not too excited to celebrate Harden’s eventual winner:
But that attempt never came. The Warriors tried to inbound the ball to forward Draymond Green, who immediately kicked it out of bounds after mishandling the pass:
Harden got his hero moment after hitting the shot in this game.
But does this mean the Warriors are in actual trouble?
Golden State once again played without Steph Curry, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. Even then, the team also erased a 17-point deficit to lose by one. If Curry can’t play against the Rockets the rest of the way, are the Warriors in danger of losing the series? That outcome is unlikely, but Harden sure made things interesting with his winning shot.
While the Warriors are probably going to advance in to the next round, it may take a bit longer than anyone expected.
Fear the Beard indeed:
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 22, 2016