The 2015 NBA Playoffs is getting closer as the top basketball powerhouses get to achieve their best moments over the past weeks so is the case of the clash between two of the best teams in the NBA Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, an MVP statement game.
Last night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas the host team managed to obtain a well-deserved victory for a final score of 103 -105 over the visitors Cleveland in a very close encounter.
There is no doubt, this was a battle of the muscle as both teams had no chances neither gave up any opportunities to their opponents. Hell´s night broke in Houston as Lebron´s and the Cavaliers entered the court with an explosive approach over the four quarters dragging the game to overtime.
On the other hand, Harden was also an outstanding player over the evening and managed to stop Lebron from all angles. Harden dismissed any talk that the performance was some sort of statement about the league’s MVP award. It is important to mention, Lebron James is not shooting the percentage we are all used and it showed last night as Harden and the Rockets stopped a great deal of this shots and passes.
“Every game is a statement for me,” said Harden, who leads the NBA in scoring. “I’m just out here trying to prove myself — trying to win games.”
It’s worked well so far. Harden has led the Rockets to five straight wins, a 41-18 record and the third seed in the Western Conference with fellow star Dwight Howard out with a knee problem.
James hit a 3-pointer with 43.5 seconds left to get Cleveland within one. Harden and James got tangled up on Houston’s next possession, but no foul was called and the shot clock expired.
James drove into the lane and was fouled by Josh Smith, but he missed both free throws to finish 3 for 11 at the line.
The following are some very interesting videos on last night action at the Toyota Center in Houston: Rockets James Harding becomes the King after their victory over the Cavs
“Obviously that’s not a basketball play,” James said afterward. “Obviously, the league will probably take a look at it. I have no idea why he would do that, but two competitors just trying to go at it, and he won this one.”
Asked whether there was any history of bad blood between he and Harden, his 2012 U.S. men’s basketball Olympic teammate, James told ESPN.com, “No. That came out of nowhere.”
Said Harden: “He’s a very good friend off the court. Obviously it’s a battle and just trying to win a basketball game. Just competition against one of the best players in the world.” source: espn.go.com
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