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James Harden Dominated Game 1 Behind His 41 Points

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James Harden continues to show why he is in the driver seat for MVP. Harden led all scorers in a 110-96 win versus the young Utah Jazz team.

Harden finished with 41 points, seven assists and eight boards on 7-of-12 from deep, while Paul added 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals at 3-of-6 from three-point range.

For the most part, I’m going to do what I do,” Harden said. “Offensively I think this team, us, we’re different. We’ve seen so many different defenses throughout the year that have prepared us for this moment, whether it’s Gobert being back at the rim or teams switching or whatever. We’ve seen pretty much it all, all year. We watch film and we figure out how we can create 3s and create opportunities for each other and then go out there and play our butts off. Pretty simple.”

Jazz coach Quin Synder chimed in on defending Harden.

“He’s a special player,” said Synder. “It’s hard to give credit to all the things that he does. He impacts the game in so many ways. You have to try to make it harder for him in so many different facets.

The Jazz are short-handed with Ricky Rubio’s hamstring injury which could have him sidelined for a week. But don’t expect Harden to be as affected by Rubio as Westbrook was during the OKC series.

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Jayson Tatum Leads Celtics To Game 5 Blow Out

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are now facing elimination after losing to Celtics, 96-83. Boston came stong from the game gate, with rookie Jason Tatum leading the way.

“I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games,” Tatum said. “I think that’s when I have the most fun, when things are on the line. A lot of guys stepped up tonight. I can’t say it enough: We’re one win away from going to the [NBA] Finals, especially after everything we’ve been through.”

Tatum scored a team high 24 points and made history in the process. The 20-year-old moved into 4th place with the most points in the points in the postseason for a rookie.

 

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Jalen Rose Walks Off Set Over Jordan Vs Lebron

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The debate over Jordan versus Lebron will be one talked about forever. No matter where you go. For some, there is no debate, Jordan all day. For others, Lebron hands down.

Jay Williams joined Get Up! to make the point that in 1 on 1, he would give Lebron the advantage.

“You cannot tell me in a one-on-one game that LeBron James wouldn’t dominate Mike. In a one-on-one game, LeBron James, 6-9, 260 pounds — if the game was to seven, I think LeBron would win 7-3. You can talk about his mentality, but we’re not talking about five-on-five basketball, J-Rose. We’re not talking about the passive LeBron, making the right play … LeBron James is 6-9, 260, he moves like a guard! He moves like a guard. He defends like a guard.”

Jalen responded with the classic Jordan comeback.

“Michael Jordan was all-defensive first team nine times. LeBron James was five times. Michael Jordan led the league in scoring ten times. Ten! LeBron James led the league in scoring once. I’m talking about a guy whose been the best offensive player AND the best defensive player.”

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Lebron James Makes History And Evens Series

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Lebron James and Cleveland Cavaliers were down 2-1 in the series with Boston. On Tuesday Night, James evened the series with a 44 point performance in a 111-102 win. He also made history in the process.

In the second quarter on a pass from JR Smith, James nailed a jumper to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time lead in Post Season points. That 22-foot jumper was James  2,357th postseason field goal of his career.

James also tied Allen Iverson with the most 40 points games during the playoffs. Both players had 6 games in the playoffs with over 40 points.

“To know where I come from, small city 35 miles south of here, and to hear I’m in the same category or talked about and jumping these greats in the playoffs, it’s pretty cool,” James said. “You hear the scoring, the field goals made, and for a kid that really doesn’t care much about scoring.”

The Cavs will face Boston again on Wednesday night for Game 5.

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