James Harden given one game ban for kick on LeBron

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The NBA have reacted following the controversial scenes in Sunday night's clash between the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Rockets ran out 105-103 winners over the Cavaliers following some late drama in overtime which saw Houston claim a big win.

It was billed as the battle of two MVP's with Houston's James Harden set to go head to head with Cleveland's LeBron James.

James outscored Harden on the court but his stats were less than impressive and Harden was the man left smiling.

The two got involved in several altercations throughout the game with one in particular keeping NBA fans talking all day.


After diving on the ball, Harden appeared to strike the groin area of James from the floor forcing the Cleveland native backwards.

Houston fans claimed that nothing happened whilst Cleveland fans were outraged to see what happened.

Well the NBA have finally reacted and its bad news for the Rockets as Harden has now been suspended for one game.

Harden had left with the rest of the Rockets team for their very tricky trip to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

It now appears that Harden may not star in that match given the suspension now imposed on him by the league.

Speaking about the incident, Harden claimed that he didn't believe he would be punished but clearly the NBA saw the incident differently.

Kick or natural response?

Harden has claimed that the action that made his foot make contact with LeBron was simply a natural reaction to how he landed.

Houston fans may choose to see it that way whilst Cleveland fans view it as a deplorable act, but the rest of the NBA seems to be divided on the issue.

Nevertheless, the game went the way of the Rockets and it sent a huge statement to the rest of the league regarding Houston's very realistic play-off chances.

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