It started like so lots of Rockets belongings.
James Harden dribbled upcourt with Houston leading the LA Clippers 28-7 in what would in the end be a 105-92 highway victory for the Rockets. Harden commenced to drive to his still left as Clippers defender Wesley Johnson tried to preserve up. And then … rest in peace, Wesley Johnson’s ankles. Harden’s brutal crossover left Johnson on his rear conclusion, and Harden stepped back, stared at Johnson on the floor and drilled a 3 that got the Rockets bench on its toes, still left the Staples Centre abuzz and rocked Twitter.
Here’s how one particular of the season’s most memorable — and meme-worthy — moments went down.
CLIPPER DARRELL, LONGTIME CLIPPERS SUPERFAN AND Year-TICKET HOLDER WHO WAS IN THE STANDS FOR THE FEB. 28 Video game: Are you speaking about the participate in the place James Harden traveled and pushed off? Occur on, gentleman. I’m a massive James Harden supporter. But every person noticed that forearm that he threw out, and the a few ways he took likely backward in advance of he hit the 3.
TREVOR ARIZA, ROCKETS Small Ahead WHO RAN DOWN THE SIDELINES After THE CROSSOVER: The reality that [Johnson] was on the floor, that was the part that bought me out of my seat. We see James do that all the time, get separation and space, but not normally do guys, like, contact the ground.
JAMES HARDEN, ROCKETS MVP Applicant: It was in all probability my very best transfer, just simply because of how much time I experienced. There’s other moves wherever you make a fantastic go, and then you have got to possibly make a shot or do another shift suitable just after. But I had so substantially time in concerning.
PJ TUCKER, ROCKETS Little Ahead: I will not feel it would have been as lousy if Wes would have just obtained up genuine fast. But Wes just sat there and he smiled and type of laughed.
CLINT CAPELA, ROCKETS Heart: It takes place a lot that gamers get crossed and any person falls. But that second was special.
HARDEN: I was just striving to figure out what he was executing. I failed to know. I was on the lookout at him, and he was searching at me. I was wondering, What are you accomplishing? I was heading to shoot it, but I was ready to determine out what was heading on. I was confused. And then, clearly, I shot it.
CAPELA: We had been shocked that [Harden] waited, but the shot has to go in to be really worth just about anything. And when the ball went up, I was like, “If this goes in, it truly is something specific.” And it went in. We were being like, “Oh my gaawwdd. Bam!”
WESLEY JOHNSON, CLIPPERS Little Forward: I was just contemplating, “Upcoming play.” Folks oohed and aahed, but it really is just on to the up coming engage in.
CLIPPER DARRELL: People were being stating they shed regard for Wes due to the fact he ran again down the courtroom laughing. But it was funny, mainly because you get pushed and don’t get the foul get in touch with, and it is really like, arrive on, ref. It can be nothing to be humiliated about.
JOHNSON: Things like that transpires. Any person will get dunked on, any individual falls down, it is really heading to go viral. Social media is undefeated correct now.
TARIK BLACK, ROCKETS Heart: I have obtained to stay out of this one. Wes is my boy. He took care of me when I was a rookie [with the Lakers]. It was a fantastic shift, a wonderful move. But yeah, I are unable to.
MIKE D’ANTONI, ROCKETS Coach: James does things that are ridiculous. He does extraordinary matters. He’s a quite gifted participant offensively, definitely. … The recreation was around [after the Harden crossover]. James place it away.
CLIPPER DARRELL: James, I appreciate you, man. But you are not welcome at Staples anymore. Leave my Clippers by itself.