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James Harden's vicious crossover elicits lighthearted response from Hawks Kent Bazemore

Kent Bazemore guards James Harden (NBA Getty Images)

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.

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.

‪For my b-ball junkies... couldn't wait for the next episode of #WinginIt for this one 😂😂😂‬

A post shared by Kent Bazemore (@24baze) on

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

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.

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