WATCH: James Harden Hits Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker in the Groin During Dirty Play

Published 12/25/2021, 11:03 PM EST
Dec 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers matchup has been one that fans have been waiting for a while now. Finally, Christmas Day is here and the two teams initially assumed to be the ones facing each other in the NBA Finals this season, have locked horns. However, if the purple and gold fans thought that things couldn’t get any worse for them, they just did. James Harden just got a flagrant for his brutal foul on Talen Horton-Tucker.

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James Harden hits Talen Horton-Tucker brutally

This matchup has been getting a lot of attention, ever since the season began. However, only one of the teams has lived up to the expectations set upon them, and that’s the Brooklyn Nets. So far, they have been leading the Eastern Conference with their 22-9 record, despite facing some of the same issues the Lakers did.

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However, the Lakers have struggled to find their rhythm and consistency, with a 16-17 record prior to this match, entered this game with four losses behind them. Both teams have players going in and out of the league’s health and safety protocols and yet were able to manage to keep the game head to head.

Unfortunately, during the game, Harden became a little too aggressive with Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker. James Harden was resorting to some of his old tricks to free up some space and get a jumper. Tucker had to bear the consequences of it by getting hit.

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The Brooklyn Nets grabbed a vital win against the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers may have had to face an embarrassing 122-115 defeat against the Nets, but they really did put up a fight. LeBron James went all out with his 39 point performance, while Russell Westbrook put up 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Dec 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Brooklyn Nets guard DeAndre’ Bembry (95) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Nets had James Harden and Patty Mills, ending the night with 36 and 34 points, respectively, which was enough to get them past the finish line first. Although this game was supposed to be a sneak peek of what could be a Finals matchup, but with the current outbreak, anything could happen.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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