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Stepback threes, dunks, James Harden was a beast in the first half

James Harden, Kevin Durant

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


James Harden has had huge Game 1s through the first two rounds of these playoffs, and he came out looking to do the same to the Warriors Monday night.

He’s been a beast.

Early on he was doing this.

At the end of the half, he was attacking and throwing it down.

Harden had 24 points on 12 shots, when 4-of-6 from three, and was a force of nature in the first half.

That wasn’t enough to get the Rockets to pull away from the Warriors, it was 56-56 at the half.