With two games left in the regular season, the Houston Rockets trail the Utah Jazz by one game for the eighth and final playoff spot. After the Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, James Harden asked Kobe Bryant for help catching the Jazz in the standings.
Following the 130–110 shootout, during which Harden scored 40 points and Bryant scored 35, the two embraced on the court and spent time talking.
After the game, Harden revealed to the media that he asked Bryant to beat the Jazz.
James Harden on what he and Kobe Bryant spoke about: "On a side note we need ya'll to beat Utah, we just need some help."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 10, 2016
The Rockets (39–41) play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday and finish the regular season on Wednesday against the Kings. If they win both games, the team can still claim the eighth seed outright.
The Jazz (40–40), who have games against the Dallas Mavericks and Lakers remaining, need to win out to avoid a situation where they could finish in a tie or be eliminated by the Rockets.