James Harden scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and recorded five assists in a losing effort on Thursday night.
Harden's struggles from the floor on Thursday night (8-23 FGA) were masked in the box score as he was able to still manage a 21-7-5 night. Where his struggles really showed up were in the final score, where the Rockets lost to the Pelicans by nine (99-90). When it became apparent that his shot wasn't falling, he should have looked to feed Howard more, but instead he tallied a poor shot selection and played porous defense as usual, which left the Rockets unable to answer the bell. Harden, up to this point has been having a MVP caliber season, so for this reason, he gets a pass on Thursday night. Don't expect another shooting struggle like this one from him any time soon.
Analyst: Dom Murtha View Profile