Warriors’ Kevon Looney reveals funniest trick James Harden tried to pull

Drew Shiller | NBC SPORTS

James Harden has mastered the art of deception.

Nobody shoots more free throws than Harden, and nobody creates space to get his shot off quite like The Beard.

So what’s the funniest “trick” the reigning NBA MVP ever pulled on Warriors big man Kevon Looney?

“Last game, he stepped on my foot and held it for a couple seconds before he did the stepback and I almost fell,” Looney told Mark Willard of KNBR 680 on Friday. “I like that move [laughing]. I’m gonna watch out for that next game.

“He does a lot of stuff, but that one stood out to me because it just happened. I never had anybody do that to me before.”

Watch the video below to see what Looney is talking about with the Rockets guard:

Fortunately for the Warriors, Looney didn’t lose his balance, and he successfully contested Harden’s stepback 3-pointer.

In Game 2 of the Warriors-Rockets second-round playoff series, Harden left midway through the first quarter after being poked in the eye by Draymond Green.

Despite scoring 29 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field after returning to action, Harden told reporters after the loss that he could barely see. He clearly knew where Looney’s right foot was, but hey, who are we to judge?!

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“He’s got a lot of tricks in his bag — from the stepback, he added the floater this year, and he’s crafty getting to the free-throw line,” Looney said about Harden. “For anybody — definitely a big — it’s tough to hold him [down].

“But we got a great team defense. I know not to foul. Had him a lot last year, I was in a lot of isos, so you start to learn the things he likes to do and try to make it hard on him.”

We’ll see how this plays out in Game 3 on Saturday night in Houston.




Harden scores 41 as Rockets outlast Warriors 126-121 in OT

Associated Press

HOUSTON – James Harden scored 41 points, and Houston outlasted the Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1.

A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2 minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the 3-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118.

Gordon added a playoff career-high 30 points with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers.

“It’s all about bringing something to the table, offensively, defensively every single night to give yourself a chance to win,” he said.

Durant said Gordon was “very important” to Houston’s win.

“He kept them afloat for a while,” he said.

The Rockets withstood a 46-point performance from Durant and late surge by the Warriors to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.

Harden led the team despite recovering from injuries to both eyes he sustained in Game 2 when he was hit in the face by Draymond Green. He said they didn’t bother him on Saturday, but both eyes remained bloody red in spots.

“That’s James. That’s what he does,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.

Curry finished with 17 points on 7-for-23 shooting after missing two layups in overtime. He wouldn’t say if his injury was limiting him on Saturday night.

“I’ve just got to make those,” he said. “If I’m out there playing, I’ve got to produce and it just didn’t happen tonight.”

Green added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.

After Monday’s game the series shifts to California where Game 5 is on Wednesday night.

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