Tonight was a fantastic clash between two teams with very real play-off aspirations but it also pitted two men chasing the MVP award against each other.
The Houston Rockets got a dramatic 105-103 overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers with the main battle coming between LeBron James and James Harden.
The two men had high scoring nights but the statistics look better for one man than the other, and the frustrations showed on the court.
Harden and LeBron clashed several times during the match ranging from kicking, pushing and even hooking each others arms.
Harden had the last laugh as his team emerged victorious but the battle between these two stars was one to watch.
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The two proved a very physical battle on multiple occasions as Harden could be seen kicking out at LeBron from the ground.
Harden dived on the ball and his foot would go on to make contact with James' groin area in just one example of the two tussling.
During overtime, the two had their arms interlocking as even the announcers were amazed to see no foul called.
LeBron proved to be the top scorer of the two on the night as he came away with 37 points to Harden's 33.
Both had eight rebounds but the numbers for Cleveland's star man told a completely different story.
LeBron's bad night
LeBron was just 3-11 on free throws all night and was 19-47 on field goals on a night to forget for number 23.
LeBron did make a three pointer with just 0:43 left in overtime and put the Cavaliers down by one and would have a great chance to give his home town team the big win.
James had two free throws with 4.2 seconds left but it was not his night at the line as he missed both and would condemn his team to defeat.
Harden would hit another free throw before the end to improve his tally but more importantly give the Rockets the win.
The Rockets remain third in the Western conference and increase their winning record to five with the big win over Cleveland.
The Cavaliers however remain fourth in the East and are now on a two game losing streak ahead of their match with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
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