James Harden may get all the attention and limelight after his incredible MVP-style performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it was Clint Capela that ultimately secured the result on the night for the Houston Rockets.
This past Thursday, Harden recorded his second triple-double of the season and 33rd of his career with 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, to go with five steals, in a 117–113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Toyota Center.
However, the play of the night has to go to Capela for his game-saving block against Cavaliers star LeBron James in the dying seconds of the game. In fact, the last minute or so of the game for the Swiss was absolutely unbelievable.
After Harden missed a layup with just about a minute left in the game, the rebound tapped up by Capela found it's way to Tucker on the ground. The ball eventually found its way back to Harden, who then tossed it up toward the rim where Capela finished an and-one alley-oop.
He made the free throw, putting the Rockets back up by five, but then James went to the other end brought it back to two.
Harden then had the ball in his hands once more, but his shot was an airball caught by Capela, who then scored the basket to put the Rockets up by four. Then came Capela's biggest moment of the game.
As James went down the other way to try and keep the Cavaliers in the game, the four-time MVP went up for a layup attempt only to be stopped from behind by the 23-year-old from behind, confirming the win for Houston.
After the game, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said he was very happy with Capela's solid performance on the night against the Cavaliers, saying according to ESPN: "We expect him to do that. He's 23 years old. There's no reason why he can't keep getting better."
Capela will look to continue his good form when the Rockets play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.