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Amid a fairly high-stakes Western Conference game (aren’t they all high stakes?), Matt Barnes of the Clippers got a little ugly with the Rockets’ James Harden while defending Harden’s drive to the hoop. Matt Barnes not only wrapped up the Rockets guard, but wrestled him to the ground.
Unsurprisingly, it was spotted by the refs. A foul this egregious was spotted by just about everyone. Barnes was assessed a flagrant one, which is the less severe of the flagrant fouls. A player can normally get two flagrant ones before getting the boot, so Barnes remained in the game.
Here’s a clip of the takedown: