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James Harden cooks both Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum with his patented stepback jumper

THE BEARD. James Harden shows no mercy on the Boston Celtics as the Houston Rockets cruise. File photo from Twitter (@NBA)

MANILA, Philippines – James Harden possesses plenty of weapons in his basketball arsenal – the deadliest of them all is his stepback jumper. 

The reigning NBA MVP hit not just one, but two with his patented move in the Houston Rockets’ 115-104 rout of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, March 3 (Monday, March 4, Philippine time). 

Harden cooked both Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum as he punched in a stepback three-pointer en route to finishing with 42 points, his 24th 40-point output of the season.

Elsewhere, former MVP Russell Westbrook drains a clutch bucket in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 99-95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. –