Watch James Harden push & square up with Mario Chalmers in Monday night's Rockets-Grizzlies game.
Monday night, the Houston Rockets hosted the Memphis Grizzlies in a battle of two undefeated Western conference teams. While the games was super close and the Grizzles overcame a 12-point second half deficit to win the game, what everyone is talking about is James Harden’s scuffle with Grizzles’ guard Mario Chalmers.
With the score all tied up at 88-88 and with 2:46 remaining in the fourth quarter, Chalmers took an elbow to the face from Harden and hit the floor pretty hard. Chalmers didn’t appreciate that, and while laying on the ground he tried to trip Harden, who then pushed Chalmers several times, even looking like he wanted to square up for a fight. The refs quickly came to break things up before anything got of hand, but Harden was totally ready to throw down lol.
The officials charged Harden with an offensive foul, before Harden and Chalmers both received technical fouls when play resumed.
Harden’s so-called “square up” has since been the talk of the NBA world on twitter, with fans loving the altercation & making several memes of it. We rounded up some of twitter’s reactions & the altercation itself which you can see for yourself (below).
As for the game itself, Marc Gasol led the Grizzles with 26 points in the victory, while James Harden finished with 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds. But it was the Harden altercation that was the talking point and highlight of the game.
Check it out all (below).
Harden vs Chalmers 👀 pic.twitter.com/ReGeXXeEHa— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) October 24, 2017
Harden squared up 😤 pic.twitter.com/wNxUfwSu0R— HotNewHipHop (@HotNewHipHop) October 24, 2017
Harden said he didn't get an explanation on the double technical call late. "Whatever it was, it was terrible," said Harden. pic.twitter.com/15VPz8dyPa— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) October 24, 2017
james harden pushing down mario chalmers like a schoolyard bully lmao pic.twitter.com/c9kt84qZ3W— justin lew block (@JBlock49) October 24, 2017
The way James Harden squared up at the end 😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/BwzgW5xeq5— SHAF // Bledsoe2Det (@MaxKellermanJr) October 24, 2017
James Harden was ready to bust Mario Chalmers square in the nose. pic.twitter.com/0Zff7anNfY— Clever Hoops (@CleverHoops) October 24, 2017
Watch James Harden push Rio then jump behind the ref....— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker5) October 24, 2017
Come on bro pic.twitter.com/hKKZVmezME
CHALMERS VS HARDEN. PUT EM IN THE OCTAGON!!!— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) October 24, 2017
James Harden was finna rock Chalmers shit— Spooky Simba🎃 (@S1mbaTheGod) October 24, 2017
Mario Chalmers is out there with the baggy shorts, corn rows & the headband.— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker5) October 24, 2017
James Harden you don’t want those Rio problems.
Harden is a punk for that.— L. Jason Smith (@JasonSmith929) October 24, 2017
James Harden squaring up and Trevor Ariza mocking him for it is pure gold pic.twitter.com/37oMUorswI— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) October 24, 2017
Is that the 'James Harden square up' that goes like pic.twitter.com/GzZJtfcRzP— Mark Deeks (@MarkDeeksNBA) October 24, 2017
James Harden when he got pushed by Mario Chalmers pic.twitter.com/QaC8KGuLoZ— Edward Gilliard (@JoseFiguarolla) October 24, 2017