Sunday, September 24, 2017

James Harden

In this Friday, June 9, 2017 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland.

BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI The Golden State Warriors were the last team standing when the NBA season closed in June. Thanks to a preseason trip to China, they are one of the first teams to get going this season as the ...
In this July 7, 2017 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball shoots over Los Angeles Clippers' Brice Johnson (10) during overtime of an NBA summer league basketball game, in Las Vegas.

BY KAREEM COPELAND Lonzo Ball had another strong performance in the NBA Summer League, this time in another brand of footwear. Ball’s Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-83 in tournament play on Thursday. A night after a 36-point, ...
In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gestures during Game 5 in the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio.

BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI LAS VEGAS (AP) — James Harden became a star in Houston, and now he’s ready to call the city home. Harden signed a four-year, “supermax” extension Saturday, a whopper of a deal that guarantees Harden about $228 ...
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks across the court during the third quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland’s LeBron James has been named to the All-NBA first team for a record-tying 11th time, and Houston’s James Harden is the lone player to be a unanimous first-team selection this season. Joining Harden and James ...
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green chase a loose ball during the second half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden went up for a 3-pointer, changed his mind and tossed the ball between two teammates. He drove for a layup before inexplicably throwing the ball into a sea of San Antonio Spurs. ...
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball past Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) to teammate David Lee (10) during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Monday, May 1, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

BY RAUL DOMINGUEZ SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Houston Rockets were willing to take whatever the Spurs gave them in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Houston ended up with a record-setting offensive performance, a huge boost in confidence ...
Houston Rockets' Nene, right, goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, and another Thunder player defend during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason. They don’t believe they played well so far despite downing the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder 4-1 ...
Houston Rockets guard Lou Williams, right, loses the ball out of bounds in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Doug McDermott, left, in the second quarter of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn’t have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook put up gaudy numbers on Wednesday night. The Houston Rockets got a more modest performance from James Harden, but a collective scoring effort helped them rally for a 115-111 win over the ...
Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams shoots against Houston Rockets' Lou Williams (12) and James Harden (13) during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — Although James Harden is Houston’s undisputed star, he can’t top Russell Westbrook entirely on his own. As is so often the case, Patrick Beverley was there for support Sunday night. Harden scored 37 points ...
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