SALT LAKE CITY -- James Harden claimed he had no clue that he missed his first 15 field goal attempts in Saturday's Game 3, the most consecutive misses from the floor in any game of his career.
"Keep shooting, keep being aggressive," said Harden, who finished 3-of-20 from the floor, 2-of-13 from 3-point range and 14-of-16 from the free throw line.
Harden's 15 missed field goal attempts to begin the game were the most during the playoffs in the past 20 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Harden, who won his second consecutive scoring title by averaging a career-best 36.1 points per game during the regular season, averaged 30.5 points during the Rockets' routs in the first two games of the series.
Rockets power forward PJ Tucker grabbed the rebound of Mitchell's final miss and swished the dagger free throws, a fitting finish after Tucker grabbed a crucial offensive rebound in traffic on the Rockets' previous possession.