Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone considers his preferred defensive strategy of double-teaming Houston Rockets star James Harden, sometimes as far as 40 feet away from the basket, to be a form of flattery.
Harden agreed that teams deciding that he needs to be double-teamed, often in areas of the floor that are virtually unprecedented for NBA defenses, is a compliment of him.
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The strategy certainly didn’t frustrate Harden and the Rockets on Tuesday night.
Houston shot 52.9% from the floor and 47.1% from 3-point range in the rout of the Rockets, a stark contrast to the first meeting between the two Western Conference powers this season.
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