Harden Carries Rockets To Game 1 Win Over Westbrook, Thunder

Style Magazine Newswire | 4/17/2017, 10:15 a.m.
In Game 1 of the marquee matchup between teammates-turned-MVP frontrunners Russell Westbrook and James Harden on Sunday night, the latter ...

In Game 1 of the marquee matchup between teammates-turned-MVP frontrunners Russell Westbrook and James Harden on Sunday night, the latter walked away victorious.

Harden, who led his Houston Rockets to a commanding 118-87 win, finished with 37 points (on 13-of-28 shooting), nine assists and seven rebounds in 34 minutes. He struggled from beyond the arc (three-of-11), but hit a pair of threes midway through the fourth quarter to help put the game away for good.

He also had his fair share of highlight-reel moments — most notably his crossover of Thunder big man Enes Kanter en route to a wide-open layup. Westbrook, who finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists but shot just six-for-23 from the field and had nine turnovers, was bothered by tough defense from the pesky Patrick Beverley throughout. He also didn't have a chance to stage any of those late-game heroics that we saw time and time again in the regular season, as his Thunder found themselves down by as much as 32 in the closing minutes.

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