James Harden Has a Legitimate Defensive Highlight Reel, Rockets GM Approves

The days of laughing at Houston Rockets star James Harden‘s defense may be over.

Earlier this year, an 11-minute video of Harden playing poor defense went viral. Nobody will ever question his ability to score, but that video gave fans the ability to get on the Houston guard’s case.

A new 10-minute video of Harden’s defense has recently surfaced. This time, it actually shows Harden making plays on the defensive end of the court.

Warning: Video contains NSFW language.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey saw this video and approved of it.

As long as Harden continues to play well on both ends of the court, Houston is going to be tough to beat.

[YouTube, Daryl Morey; h/t Reddit NBA]

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Watch Kyrie Irving’s highlight layup against the Bucks

Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers in scoring Tuesday night with 28 points, while Kevin Love added 27, and LeBron scored 28. It was a great night of basketball for those three as the Cavaliers beat the Bucks 111-108.
But numbers in the box score can only tell so much about the game itself. That’s why SportsCenter was invented, after all. This might be the highlight of the night.
It certainly was a big basket. After Kevin Love tied the game with a three-pointer, Kyrie made this three-point play of his own and the Cavaliers never gave up the lead thereafter. Kyrie makes an improbable lay-up after hanging in the air for what feels like forever and then caps it off with the fist pump to fire up the crowd. Check it out here if you missed it.

These are the kinds of plays you imagine will grab the momentum for good. It’s kind of cool that for one night, at least, it did for sure. Bonus point for Irving who high-fived a random court-side fan after the ball fell through the nylon.
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Tuesday tip-off: Holiday tourneys highlight day

Undefeated Northern Iowa faces Virginia Tech in Cancun.



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Tuesday tip-off: Holiday tournaments highlight day

Undefeated Northern Iowa faces Virginia Tech in Cancun.



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Highlight reel: 12 must-watch players for ’14-15

Delon Wright and Terran Petteway are just a few of the names.



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Highlight: Wizards’ Nene spins and dunks over Pelicans’ Omer Asik

Washington Wizards forward Nene took it back to his younger days, as he posted up New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik then spun off him to throw down a thunderous dunk. The Wizards have been carefully easing Nene through the preseason, given his injury history and the fact he played for his native Brazil during the FIBA World Basketball Championships. When healthy, there is no denying Nene can produce moments like this. Asik got a whiff of what the Chicago Bulls saw in last season’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. [Vine] The post Highlight: Wizards’ Nene spins and dunks over Pelicans’ Omer Asik appeared first on KCM SPORTS.

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FIBA World Cup Group Play Turning into Highlight Show for Team USA

After just four games of preliminary-round play, Team USA clinched a spot in the round of 16 and won its Group C with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried led the way for the United States with 16 points, but the club’s fourth consecutive win was in large part due to another ensemble effort. For the second straight contest, every member of the roster scored—underscoring the depth and selflessness characterizing head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad.

As guard James Harden told reporters after the team’s victory over New Zealand, “We’ve got 12 guys that can score the basketball at any given moment, and tonight and every other night the focus is defense, and whoever scores the basketball, it’s USA points.”

And many of those USA points have been scored in style.

The United States’ active defense has translated into plenty of fast-break offense. The results have been something to behold.

Here are just a few of the highlights we’ve witnessed as Team USA prepares for its final game of group play against Ukraine.

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WATCH: Every highlight from the Drew League Dunk Contest

.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } This year’s Drew League Slam Dunk Contest featured the likes of Young Hollywood, Jonathan Clark, Airdogg, Chris Staples and Steven Mallory. And while those aren’t household names, the five Drew League players managed to put on a better show than one has seen at the NBA’s slam dunk contest in recent years. Young Hollywood may have won the whole thing but there’s plenty of great dunks to go around. Johnathan Clark’s pump-reverse dunk while splitting his legs was insane as was his flip into a dunk. If I had a vote, it’d probably go to him. Have to give it up for Young Hollywood though. His dunk over a dude standing on a chair was straight-up silly. [Youtube] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

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SEC matchups highlight Iowa State’s schedule

SEC matchups, road game at Iowa highlight Iowa State’s non-conference schedule



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Villanova, Michigan highlight 2014 Legends Classic (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Big East champion Villanova and Big Ten champion Michigan are in the 2014 Legends Classic.

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