James Harden’s beard fouls out, forcing Harden to finish game clean shaven
© March 10, 2014, The World Post Times
HOUSTON, TX -- In a key game for playoff position in the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets held on to win 118-113 in overtime against Portland last night, but not without controversy. With just under four minutes remaining in regulation, referee Scott Wall called Harden for an apparent charging foul after he knocked over the Blazers’ Wesley Matthews while driving to the basket, which would have been Harden’s sixth foul of the game. After the referees convened, however, it was determined the foul was on Harden’s beard instead of Harden. Therefore, it was Harden’s beard who fouled out of the game and not Harden, the two-time All Star.
A beardless Harden stayed in the game and scored an additional 14 points in regulation and overtime, making his last six shots from the field including two 3-pointers, giving Harden 41 points for the night and securing the Rockets’ victory.
According to the NBA, this marks the first time in NBA history that a player’s facial hair has fouled out of a game, although fans will certainly remember that remarkable Game 3 of the 1980 Eastern Conference finals, when the referees ejected both moustaches of Larry Bird and Julius Irving after a double technical foul.
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