UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Point Forward

Video: James Harden, Evan Turner draw technicals after head-to-head shoving match

Rockets guard James Harden and Pacers guard Evan Turner received double technicals after engaging in a head-to-head shoving match during Houston's 112-86 blowout win at home on Friday.

A one-sided game saw a little two-headed fireworks midway through the third quarter, when Harden and Turner got in each other's faces for no good reason. With a little less than five minutes remaining in the period and Houston holding a 73-50 lead, Turner prepared to shoot a lay-up in transition during a dead ball, as the Rockets had already been called for a foul. Harden motioned as if he was going to block the meaningless attempt, and Turner decided to pull up and simply hold the ball after all.

The game should have moved along from there, but Harden and Turner appeared to exchange words, and Turner pushed Harden backwards with a right hand to the chest. Harden shoved Turner's hand away and then pursued him, eventually making this a forehead-to-forehard affair as the chatting continued until Turner shoved Harden away with both hands.

(ESPN) James Harden (middle) and Evan Turner (right) went head-to-head. (ESPN)

That was that, as the referees and players from both teams intervened to ensure that there was no further escalation.

The incident wound up being a blip on the radar, as the Rockets cruised to the 26-point victory. Harden led all scorers with 28 points (on 10-for-17 shooting), four rebounds and four assists. Dwight Howard added 15 points (on 6-for-11 shooting) and seven rebounds in the win.

David West led the Pacers with 15 points (on 5-for-11 shooting) and 10 rebounds. Turner, who was acquired by the Pacers in a trade deadline deal, finished with five points (on 2-for-3 shooting) and one rebound off the bench in the loss.

Houston improved to 43-19 with its fourth straight win. Indiana dropped to 46-16 with its third straight loss.

More Point Forward

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again