Harden had a disastrous second half in the 76ers’ hit loss.


It brought a familiar sight to James Harden as the final seconds began at the 76ers’ Wells Fargo Center in a 99-90 loss to the Heat on Thursday evening.

Philadelphia season has begun. Harden, who needed a win to keep his championship hopes alive, didn’t turn out to be the 10-time All-Star many thought he would be at the biggest moment of the season.

The 32-year-old has scored 11 points in the game and attempted just two shots in the second half. The last field goal he converted came in 3:31 in the second quarter.

When asked why Harden played such a small part in the second half after the game, his answer was rather simple.

“We tried to attack, but the ball didn’t come back to me,” Harden said.

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Harden’s struggles throughout this year’s playoffs were once again under a big microscope. 76ers team president Daryl Morey spent months organizing a deal that sent Ben Simmons to the Nets to acquire Harden and compete for the NBA title.

But apart from scoring 30 points in Game 4, Harden didn’t let go of the clutch. Despite his substandard performance, 76ers manager Doc Rivers said Harden’s season and performance were not the only reasons the team was eliminated in the second round. “We win and we lose as a team,” Rivers said in a post-match press conference.

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