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James Harden floored by errant Giannis Antetokounmpo pass in Houston loss to Milwaukee

Thursday 10 January 2019 13:46, UK

A startled James Harden in action against the Milwaukee Bucks 0:22
A wayward pass from Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo struck James Harden in the head and floored the Rockets' franchise star

Giannis Antetokounmpo threw a wayward pass that struck James Harden on the head and floored the Houston Rockets star.

The unfortunate incident occurred with 9:03 left in the fourth quarter as Antetokounmpo backed down Rockets defender PJ Tucker in the low post.

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Rather than muscle his way through, Giannis whipped a right-handed pass across the lane intended for team-mate Malcolm Brogdon who was waiting for a corner three opportunity.

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Antetokounmpo did not spot Harden standing between himself and Brogdon and his bullet pass cannoned off the side of the Rockets' guard's head, knocking him to the floor.

Giannis Antetokounmpo converts a crucial tip-in 0:59
Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 27 points and 21 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Houston Rockets

Luckily for the Bucks, the ball bounced back to Giannis who then found team-mate Ersan Ilyasova for a three-pointer from the top of the key that extended Milwaukee's lead to 15 points.

Wednesday night's scores

  • Indiana Pacers 108-135 Boston Celtics
  • Phoenix Suns 94-104 Dallas Mavericks
  • Detroit Pistons 100-113 Los Angeles Lakers
  • Philadelphia 76ers 106-123 Washington Wizards
  • Atlanta Hawks 100-116 Brooklyn Nets
  • Milwaukee Bucks 116-109 Houston Rockets
  • San Antonio Spurs 86-96 Memphis Grizzlies
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 124-140 New Orleans Pelicans
  • Orlando Magic 93-106 Utah Jazz
  • Chicago Bulls 94-104 Portland Trail Blazers

The Bucks ran out 116-109 winners with Antetokounmpo finishing the game with 27 points and 21 rebounds. Despite taking a heavy blow, Harden poured in 42 points in the Rockets' losing effort.

Click the video at the top of the page to see Harden decked by Giannis' wayward pass

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