James Harden Set An NBA Single-Game Playoff Record For Number Of Turnovers In Elimination Game
James Harden had some great games throughout the playoffs and is one of the best players in the league, but he is also responsible for a fairly embarrassing statistic that took place during his final game of the 2015 playoffs.
The Houston Rockets were a strange team to watch throughout the post-season since they had more than a couple of games when they were destroyed by both the Warriors and the Clippers, but they also had some huge games in order to get as far as they did, thanks in large part to the play of their star, James Harden.
Harden played his heart out for much of the series, but his performance in game 5 in Oakland was nothing short of embarrassing. He only scored 14 points following a game when he scored over 40 and he made just 2 of his 11 field goal attempts.
In addition, he set the record for the number of turnovers in a single playoff game, a total of 13. Ironically, the previous record was also set by Harden, and it came when his Rockets managed to beat his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had 10 in that game, and the only other player to do so in a victory is Tim Duncan, also with 10 against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.
He had 10 in that game, and the only other player to do so in a victory is Tim Duncan, also with 10 against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002. However, other players have reached that feat in losses including Lebron James (twice), Penny Hardaway, Kevin Johnson, and Kevin Garnett.
James Harden’s other stats weren’t too bad and included six rebounds, five assists and three steals, but after recording almost as many turnovers as points, it is no surprise that the Warriors were able to win the game with ease.
Following James Harden’s embarrassing performance in game 5, the Rockets are out of the playoffs, and the Warriors have advanced to face the Cleveland Cavaliers, who recently finished off a sweep against the Atlanta Hawks.