A statement performance from James Harden has helped the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-115 overtime win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4, levelling their Eastern Conference semi-finals series at 2-2.
Harden, having struggled in the last two games of the series, willed the Sixers to victory with 42 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, four steals and a block.
With it, Harden became the first 76ers player to have multiple 40-point games in a postseason since Allen Iverson, having put up 45 in the series-opener.
“I put the work in and it was all about being aggressive,” said Harden afterwards.
“Tonight it was really do or die.”
Teammate Joel Embiid, meanwhile, had 34 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and a steal but faded late and told reporters post-game that he was “terrible” and needs to “bet better”.
Harden’s heroics were nearly not enough…