James Harden finished second in 2018-19 MVP voting, but he dropped a ton of buckets in the process. This includes a 61-point game in January 2019, which was followed up by another 61-point game in March 2019.
This second matchup was against the rival San Antonio Spurs, with playoff seeding at stake. Seeds 2-7 in the Western Conference were separated by just a few games. Harden started the game with all the flame emojis, dropping 27 points in the opening quarter. The Beard was hitting threes from all parts of the court, including stepback jumpers feet from the 3-point line. Two of his nine threes on the night came in crucial moments in the clutch in a close game. The damage: a career-high tying 61 points and the W.
The sneakers the Beard laced up for this epic performance was the adidas Harden Vol. 3. The Boost cushioning provides a plush feeling that absorbs any landing. The shoe was made specifically for Harden with traction that rides up the midsole, a feature that helps James stabilize himself on step-backs.
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