With his free throw after that last-minute foul, Harden has six games with go-ahead points in final 90 seconds of Rockets wins this season.
Harden begged to differ: "I was just trying to walk. He was so low he kinda took my legs from under me."
Jarrett Jack on the hack-a-Harden call: "“He stayed with it and got some calls down the stretch that superstars get."
Markel on foul call on Harden: “I can’t explain it. The ref just made a call and I personally don’t agree with it.”
Markel Brown on Harden's late stepback jumper: "Yeah that one hurt. It hurt bad. I guess it's time for me to get in the weight room."
Jarrett Jack on Harden: “He got some of those calls down the stretch that superstar-caliber guys get and they were able to take advantage."
James Harden did quite the sell job on that foul call with 48 seconds left. Jumped on Markel Brown's back and slid off him onto the floor.
Watched that hack-a-Harden foul five times. Brown got into a low position, as everyone does. Harden just kind of rolled over his back.
Markel on defending Harden:"It was crazy. I guess when you are scared out there it makes you be a little more aware of who you are guarding"
I asked Harden about his ankle. He gave me the look Kobe gave Kimmel and finally said "I played." He then winked and left.
Markel Brown on the controversial call on him vs. Harden: “I can’t explain it… I don’t agree with it."
FINAL: Rockets 102, Nets 98. GREAT comeback as late 8-0 Rocket run changed the gm. TJones (26p-12r), Ariza (20p) were huge. Harden 15-12-5.
Nobody is better at selling fouls in the NBA than James Harden. It's not even close.
James Harden is doing James Harden-y things. Rockets up 98-95 with 27 seconds to play. Nets have the ball.
Harden pull up jumper on the rookie. He's 4 of 15, but nails his shot with 27 seconds left for three-point Rockets lead, their largest.
Poor, poor Markel Brown. Harden hits the absurd 15-foot stepback on him and the Rockets now lead 98-95, 27 sec left.
Markel Brown could not have played better defense on James Harden and Harden still scored three points on that possession.
Nets commit an accidental hack-a-Harden. He gets a free throw for lead. Rockets ball.
Rockets finally get rebound. It took Harden diving on loose ball, calling time out, but Nets at last took just 1 shot. Game tied, 49.1 left.
Rockets get another stop- After a missed shot by Brooklyn, Harden dove to recover the ball and got the timeout.
Harden has just 10 points tonight… he does have 10 assists to go with them. He is averaging 10 assists per game in the last 3 games.
Rockets up 74-73 after 3, but Harden still off. Had a 10p, 10a double-double, but 3 of 12 after missed 3 at buzzer. TJones 20p, 10a.
Rockets lead 74-73 heading to 4Q. Another terrific game for Terrence Jones: 20 points on 9-12 FG, 10 rebounds. Harden 10-10.
Wish I did not spend so much time paying attention to Nets defensive scheme against Harden. Apparently was just those bright yellow shoes.
If Harden keeps beating his man off the dribble, Jones should get a lot of put-backs off Beverley's missed 3s.
Markel Brown is playing mouthwatering defense on James Harden right now.
Isaiah Thomas has reentered Mini James Harden mode.
Harden has made 6 of 29 shots in first half of Rockets past 4 gms, 1 of 6 tonight, but has 7 assists. Rockets issue obviously on other end.
Rockets came back from down 13 to lead (for 22 seconds), but trail 57-53 at half. Harden 1 of 6, missing drive at buzzer. Nets shoot 51.2 %.
HALF: Nets 57, Rockets 53. TJones (14p), Ariza (11p) leading Houston. Harden just 1-6 FG, but has 7 dimes. Pablo has 5 assists in 7 min.
Markel Brown has had a great first half.. Big defense on James Harden and has made smart, quick offensive plays.
Harden finds Ariza in the corner for three then Bev scores on a drive plus the foul. His free throw here can give Rockets their first lead.
Smart cut by Markel Brown. Harden had slipped off to try to help after D-Will-Joe screen set up mismatch for Joe. Easy floater.
Nets lead is down to 3 (46-43) midway through the second quarter. Prigioni has five assists. Harden has six.
Harden has not made a shot in the first quarter of past three games. Took just one shot tonight against double-teams, getting 6 assists.
James Harden already has 6 assists in the first 7+ minutes of the game.
Nets keeping a defender (usually Plumlee) in position to help on Harden on drives at all times. Harden has assists on 5 of Rockets 6 FGs.
Lionel Hollins giving Markel pointers on what to do defensively with James Harden.