Rockets’ James Harden has funny response after hitting his face with game ball
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden made the meme team on Saturday night when he slammed the ball into the ground in frustration and hit his own face at the end of the first half of their game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
A reported asked Harden whether the hit to the face hurt. The 2017-18 MVP hilariously credited his signature beard for protecting him from the damage:
James Harden, on the ball he bounced and hit his own face at the end of the 2nd quarter:
Reporter: “Did it hurt?”
Harden: “It hit the beard, so I had protection.”
— Stefano Fusaro (@FusaroESPN) October 27, 2019
James Harden tried to fish for a foul on a 3-point attempt at the end of the second quarter. The refs saw through his antics and didn’t blow the whistle.
The Rockets superstar was visibly frustrated as he bounced the ball hard into the ground. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t bounce the right way as it hit him right on the button.
Pelicans guard Josh Hart, who was defending Harden on that play, saw the incident firsthand and couldn’t believe what he just witnessed:
James Harden accidentally hit himself in the face with the ball and Josh Hart was shook pic.twitter.com/l1FeUn0cxX
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 27, 2019
The Rockets were still able to sneak past the Pelicans, 126-123, to get their first victory of the new season.
James Harden had a frustrating night overall, as he made just 8-of-29 from the field and turned the ball over eight times. He converted just two of his 18 tries from beyond the arc, but nailed 11-of-12 freebies at the charity stripe. Nevertheless, the former MVP still top-scored for Houston with 29 points and added four rebounds and five assists.
His partner-in-crime, Russell Westbrook, finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists to notch his 139th career triple-double. Westbrook moved into second on the all-time triple-doubles list, passing Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
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