James Harden Makes Defender Take a Seat With Nasty Ball Handling

Bryan Brandom
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If Chris Hansen ever gets tired of his To Catch a Predator schtick, we've got a pretty unique idea for a replacement: Houston Rockets superstar James Harden.

Really just for one reason: He wouldn't even have to deliver Hansen's famous line, "Why don't you have a seat?"

As Indiana Pacers big man Jordan Hill can attest to after falling hard for a subtle yet effective Harden in-and-out move:

Despite Harden's 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, the Rockets fell to the Pacers, 104-101, much to the delight of point guard Ty Lawson, who was waived by Houston earlier this season.

Paul George led the way for the Pacers with 25 points and 11 rebounds, on top of being tasked with guarding Harden for most of the night.

"They're a very good defensive team," said Houston coach J.B. Bickerstaff. "They do a great job protecting the paint and they're running you off the three-point line and sending you to more people."

The win moved the Pacers a half-game ahead of the Detroit Pistons for the seventh slot in the East, three game behind the Charlotte Hornets.

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