The Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to 14 games last night with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers, and the best action of the game occurred in the first quarter when James Harden made a fool of Wesley Johnson on a play that will be remembered for some time.
The Rockets won 105-92 against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, maintaining their half-game lead over the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference standings. Harden was the standout player for Houston, as he scored 25 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, a block, and he was 7-of-14 from the field.
The 28-year-old started the game fast, as his best action came in the first quarter, where he scored 17 of his 25 points. It was during the first quarter as well where he produced a play for the ages and one that will be shown on highlight reels for some time.
Harden had possession of the ball and was being marked by Johnson. The Rockets star then performed a left-to-right crossover "hop-back" which caused the Clippers forward to lose his footing and fall to the hardwood.
With just over a minute to go in the first quarter, Harden took time to admire his work, and he even took his shooting hand off the ball. As Clippers guard Milos Teodosic scampered towards him in a half-hearted attempt to close him down, Harden launched a beautiful jumper that put his team up 31-7.
Harden said about the play to ESPN: "I was just trying to figure out what he was doing. I was going to shoot it, but I was waiting to see, to figure out what was going on. I was confused. Like did the ref call side out of bounds?"
It was a play which many people admired on Twitter.
Harden's teammate, Eric Gordon, also enjoyed watching the play happen, as he said: "It was a great move. Of course, it was crazy. You don't see things like that all the time. I definitely laughed. Everybody is going to be talking about that for a while."
The Rockets play next on Saturday back in Houston when they host the Boston Celtics.News Now - Sport News