The former league MVP tied a playoff career-high of 45 points on 17-of-30 from the field and 7-of-14 from deep, including what ended up being the game winning 3-pointer in the final seconds.
"Al is one of our best defenders. He's been all year," Mazzulla said during his postgame presser. "[Harden] made a big shot."
"That's the big catch," Mazzulla said on potentially doubling Harden down the stretch. "That's what you do on Harden: Do you want to try to throw an extra guy at him? I called one in the first half and gave an open 3 to [Georges] Niang and we did one again at the end of the third quarter and we gave one to Harris.
"So, their spacing was really good and when they have shooters, they put you in a bind. Are you going to be shifted off of them? In the first half, we were shifted a little bit more and gave up some catch-and-shoot shots to their role guys. Credit to them, they knocked them down."
"We doubled in the first half and they had six points off double teams on Harden. So, hindsight's always 20/20," Mazzulla said. "If we didn't double him [and they missed their shots], it would've been great defense. If we did double him and they did hit their shots, it would've been, 'Why did we double him?' We doubled twice in the first half on my call and they scored both times on it."
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