James Harden videobombed by Dwight Howard, Chandler Parsons after buzzer-beater (videos)
James Harden played the role of buzzer-beating hero by delivering the game-winning layup — which the dynamic scorer accentuated with a stylish Eurostep — that sealed the Houston Rockets’ 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards.
After draining a free throw with four seconds remaining, Harden drove the lane and sunk a layup with 0.7 seconds on the clock, sending the Rockets on a seven-game winning streak heading into the All-Star break and extending the streak of Houston wins when the team scores 100 or more points to 14 games.
Harden scored 35 points in the win, and explained his thoughts behind the game-winning, buzzer-beating basket.
“Get to the rim and make the play,” he said. “It’s simple.”
Harden expanded upon his bare-bones assessment of the game-clinching bucket.
“Jeremy [Lin] was going to act like he was going to come off [a screen], and he didn’t come off,” Harden said, according to an NBA.com report. “I just came off the top [of the key]. I needed some space, and I just got to the rim.”
Even though Harden made it sound so simple, his teammates weren’t going to let him off easily for his heroics. During a post-game interview, Dwight Howard (who contributed 24 points and 16 rebounds in the win) and Chandler Parsons (18 points, 12 rebounds 6 assists) videobombed their teammate, with Howard yelling “Fear the beard!” repeatedly while pantomiming beard-like gestures to his beardless chin.
Harden, as always, didn’t let the videobombing antics phase him, shoving Howard aside and just rolling with it. Calm, cool and collected. That’s how James Harden rolls. The majestic beard is a visual confirmation of that fact.