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Harden goes for 49 points in wild OT win over Mavericks

The Beard got off to a hot start with nearly half of his points in the first quarter. He’d go on to finish with just under 50 to help the Rockets move up in the West standings.

James Harden of the Houston Rockets shoots a free throw during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 31, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

UPDATE: HOU-DAL Final Harden made up for the poor second quarter by leading the Rockets to a big 153-149 win over the Mavericks on Friday night. Harden finished with 49 points and nearly had a triple-double in the win. He finished with 49 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 85.25 DKFP, tops on the six-game slate on DraftKings.

UPDATE: Well that was anti-climatic ... Harden went scoreless! in the second quarter and is only up to 14 minutes in the game. Perhaps Mike D’Antoni is easing him and the rest of the rotation back into form. It makes sense since the Rockets can’t afford to lose anyone if they want to make some sort of playoff run.

Apparently the bubble was the perfect place for James Harden to clear his head and get into the championship mindset. The Beard went off for 23 points in the first quarter of Friday’s seeding-round opener vs. the Dallas Mavericks. Harden was a perfect 6-6 from the field, 2-2 from 3-point range and 9-9 from the stripe. If he keeps this up, he may set the scoring record. If my math is correct, I believe he’s on pace for 92 points. Still wouldn’t beat Wilt, but we can all dream, right?

At $11,000 on the main slate, it’ll be tough for Harden to beat Giannis’ 70.25 DKFP from the Bucks’ win over the Celtics. Harden is up to 29.75 DKFP after the first quarter, so if he doesn’t slow down, he could shatter that by the end of the third. We’ll be keeping you up to date on his performance.