December 23, 2017 / 9:05 AM / 3 months ago

Rockets' Harden slams officials after second straight 50-point game

(Reuters) - Houston Rockets guard James Harden exploded for his second consecutive 50-point game and then hit out at the officials after being ejected late in his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

Dec 22, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball during the first quarter against the LA Clippers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Harden tallied 51 points as the Rockets fell 128-118 but suffered through frustrating final minutes that ended with him fouling out and then being ejected following an exchange with a referee.

“(Expletive) calls,” Harden told reporters when asked about his frustration. “I’m tired of hearing ‘I made a mistake,’ or ‘I didn’t see it’.

“That’s frustrating when you hear it as a player. I know we all make mistakes, but it’s just frustrating.”

Harden’s tough finish to the night included just two points, two turnovers and three fouls in the final 2:20.

Despite that, Harden became the last player since Kobe Bryant in 2007 to register consecutive 50-point outings.

He also scored 51 in a defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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