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Harden Hard-Pressed in Return to OKC

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The Thunder faithful gave James Harden a rousing and ringing ovation before the game.

It was the highlight of his night.

Going against his old team for the first time since an October trade sent him to the Rockets, The Beard struggled mightily. Struggled like he did when last he wore a Thunder uniform. Struggled so much you almost felt sorry for him.

Almost.

No wonder the Thunder routed the Rockets, 120-98.

Harden scored 17 points but needed 16 shots to get there. If not for a 9-of-11 performance from the free-throw line, he wouldn't have reached double digits.

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