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NBA Playoffs 2019: James Harden earns Player of the Day

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The 2019 NBA Playoffs are underway!

Every day from now until the end of the postseason, our NBA.com Staff will bring you one top performer following the completion of the playoff games on that day.

You'll be able to see the best performance and three honourable mentions from each day, while also having access to all prior "Player of the Day" files, as we see who can tally the most honours these playoffs.

Today's player of the day is...

James Harden

Team's result: Rockets 118, Jazz 98

Stat line: 32 points (11-24 FG, 6-13 3PT), 13 rebounds, 10 assists

Harden notched his third career playoff triple-double to lead the Rockets to a 2-0 series lead against the Utah Jazz.

The MVP candidate scored 17 of his 32 points in the first quarter, setting the tone on offence for the Rockets, with the Jazz struggling to find many answers on defence.

Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum

Team's result: Celtics 99, Pacers 91

Stat line: 63 points (26-46 FG, 9-15 3PT), 9 assists, 10 rebounds

Kyrie Irving (37 PTS) kept the Celtics in the game with some tough shotmaking, while Jayson Tatum (26 PTS) stepped up with some clutch shots down the stretch to ice the game and put them up 2-0 over the Pacers.

They rallied from an 11-point deficit after three quarters to secure the win, outscoring the Pacers 31-12 in the fourth quarter.

Giannis Antetokouonmpo

Team's result: Bucks 120, Pistons 99

Stat line: 26 points (11-18 FG, 1-3 3PT), 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks

After trailing by one point at half-time, the Bucks put their foot down in the third quarter, dominating the Pistons, thanks largely to the play of Antetokounmpo.

He scored 13 points in nine minutes of the period on 6-for-9 shooting, setting the tone for the Bucks with his aggressive play as they went on to outscore the Pistons 35-17 and take control of the game.

Antetokounmpo is always good for a highlight and today he did not disappoint, throwing down this monster jam on former teammate Thon Maker.

Previous winners

April 14 - Stephen Curry

April 15 - Giannis Antetokounmpo

April 16 - Lou Williams

April 17 - Kawhi Leonard

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