James Harden, Devin Booker scuffle after hard foul (video)

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Devin Booker (35 points) and James Harden (34 points) dueled throughout the Rockets’ win over the Suns yesterday.

In the fourth quarter, their battle turned more physical.

Booker fouled Harden high on a fastbreak then approached the Houston star. An agitated Harden pushed Booker, who pushed back. The players received a double technical foul.

Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic:

Harden said nothing about his back-and-forth with Booker.

Like literally he said, “Nothing (pause) Nothing.” when asked what got him so upset.

Booker said that was case of just two competitors.

“Just competing,” Booker said. “If you guys don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball, for real.”

Also heard those two hugged it out near the loading docks

I liked that.