No ankles are safe when trying to defend James Harden. Jamal Murray found this out in a January 2019 game between the Nuggets and Rockets.
Harden advanced the ball late in the second with Nuggets defender Torrey Craig looking to lock down the Beard. Rockets teammate Austin Rivers forced a mismatch with a screen, causing Murray to switch. Harden backpedaled knowing he had a 1-on-1 advantage over the smaller Murray. Jamal possibly knew as well as he tried to keep active hands in swiping at the ball. James then drove left, stopping on a dime with a low-key push-off.
Murray couldn’t stop his motion as he crumbled to the hardwood. Harden smoothly stepped back to his right and launched a long 3 in one motion. Somehow, Murray recovered to get a hand up but to no avail. Swish.
The sneakers the Beard laced up for this ankle-breaker 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.