Harden wins coaching debut in Celebrity Game

Harden wins coaching debut in Celebrity Game
February 15, 2013, 10:45 pm
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James Harden got the best of his former teammate Friday night.

Harden's West team smoked Russell Westbrook's East team, 58-38, in the usual fun Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The two played on the Oklahoma City Thunder before Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets before the season but will be reunited as teammates in Sunday's All-Star Game.

"It was very fun," Harden said. "The guys played hard tonight. Kevin Hart is hilarious. It was just all fun." 

Highlighting Harden's team were former Rockets Clyde Drexler and Dikembe Mutombo along with WNBA star Maya Moore, but it was Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan who is a former Harvard forward, who finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists. E! News anchor Terrence Ross also scored 11 points, while the rapper Common added 10 points and eight rebounds. Drexler had six points and four rebounds while Mutombo finished with four rebounds.

Even with his team's success, Harden found coaching wasn't the easiest.

"It's tough with the substitution -- you've got to know when people are playing well and when they aren't," Harden said. "It's a hassle, but I got through it."

Westbrook's team had former Spurs Sean Elliott and Bruce Bowen and the WNBA's Tamika Catchings, plus the fastest human in the world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt. Catchings led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds while actor Josh Hutcherson of "The Hunger Games" sunk three 3-pointers on his way to 11 points.

But it was actor and comedian Kevin Hart who somehow managed to win the MVP award despite his miniscule five points and mocked tears as he picked up his trophy. He was last year's MVP as well. 

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