The Shoes That Won Last Night: James Harden Makes Kings Fear the Beard

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February 25

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No James Harden in the fourth quarter? No problem, because Harden had already given his Houston Rockets enough of a boost to top the Sacramento Kings 129-103. In just three quarters of action, Harden dropped a season-high 43 points, 8 assists, and shot a near-perfect 15-for-16 from the charity stripe. During the first period, he had a particularly explosive stretch of scoring in just over four minutes, scoring 18 straight points. You’ll have to hit the gallery above to see which shoes Harden wore for his best game of the season.

On the NCAA men’s hardwood, the No. 1 Florida Gators survived a scare against Vanderbilt, coming away with a 57-54 W as they clinched their share of the SEC title. In Big Ten action, No. 20 suffered an upset to Minnesota after a huge night from the Golden Golphers’ Austin Hollins.

All this, plus NCAA women’s No. 1 Connecticut in action, the top performer in yesterday’s UEFA Champions League games, and more NBA action after the break.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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