James Harden Commits 2 Offensive Fouls Late As Celtics Pull Off Comeback

by December 28, 2017

The Houston Rockets built a 26-point lead in the first half on Thursday against the Boston Celtics, and it appeared that there was little reason to watch the rest of the nationally televised clash of league titans.

Then Boston began to eat into the lead. It was a 31-16 third quarter that made it a game again, and the Celtics didn’t stop there. They cut the deficit to one on multiple occasions, but were not able to grab a lead coming down the stretch.

Then it got weird.

Jayson Tatum dunked with seven seconds to go to make it 98-97 in favor of Houston, and before the Rockets could inbound, James Harden committed an offensive foul:

So Boston got the ball back and Al Horford converted to improbably put the Celtics ahead. Then, somehow, it happened again:

The Celtics escaped with a 99-98 win after trailing by as many as 26 thanks to a truly strange ending.