James Harden isn't the league's leading scorer by accident.
Tuesday night, the reigning MVP made history with his 31-point, 10-assist, eight-rebound performance against the Hawks.
He had the highlight of the night too.
James Harden crosses into the lane!#Rockets 25#TrueToAtlanta 25- NBA (@NBA) March 20, 2019
📱💻: https://t.co/cb8TXyNer6 pic.twitter.com/Ll0YaLIQYK
Late in the opening frame, Harden isolated Hawks guard Kent Bazemore on the wing, losing his defender with deceptive crossover series. In an attempt to recover, Bazemore was completely spun around as Harden skipped through the lane for a floater.
The move caused such a stir that Bazemore felt it was necessary to take to Instagram to provide a somewhat-lighthearted explanation of his movements on the defensive end.
Within his note, the seven-year veteran explained that he "uses the spin on defence for better recovery," adding that it is a better option than falling in an attempt to recover. He closed by adding that he is "alive and well" as he spun things forward to the Hawks meeting with the Utah Jazz on Thursday.
Falling victim to Harden's crossover is nothing to truly be embarrassed about - just last season, his step-back to create space from then-Clippers wing Wesley Johnson was a nominee to win NBA's Handle of the Year last season
😳 JAMES. HARDEN. 😳#Rockets pic.twitter.com/JCphxLzP18- NBA (@NBA) March 1, 2018
Harden and his arsenal of deceptive moves will be back in action Wednesday night as the Rockets travel to face the Grizzlies at 8 p.m. on NBA League Pass.