Friday November 7th, 2014

Rockets guard James Harden threw down a poster dunk over Spurs center Aron Baynes during the third quarter of a Thursday night game in Houston.

James Harden's improved sleight of hand fueling the undefeated Rockets

Donatas Motiejunas found a backdoor-cutting Harden with a well-timed bounce pass that gave the two-time All-Star a free path to the hoop. Harden wasted no time, gathering the pass straight into his elevation as Baynes came over late to protect the rim. The finish was forceful and never really in doubt: Harden slammed it down left-handed past Baynes' right-handed challenge.

The dunk gave Houston a 64-41 lead and caused the Rockets' bench to shriek in enjoyment. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili the night off because San Antonio played in Atlanta on Wednesday night. 

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Earlier this week, Harden had a dunk attempt stuffed at the rim by Sixers center Nerlens Noel.

Video via YouTube user cjzerovids | Hat tip: @CJZero

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