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Rockets' James Harden, Russell Westbrook wear Kobe Bryant gear on 8/24 PHOTOS: James Harden and Russell Westbrook at Kobe Bryant's memorial service in February James Harden honored Kobe Bryant by wearing his gear to Game 4 of the Rockets-Thunder playoff series on Monday. Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Staff / Houston Chronicle Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Staff / Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Rockets' James Harden, Russell Westbrook wear Kobe Bryant gear on 8/24 1 / 9 Back to Gallery The Rockets' James Harden and Russell Westbrook paid respect to Kobe Bryant by wearing his gear to the arena before Monday's playoff game on 8/24, which has become known as Kobe Bryant Day. In photos posted on the Rockets' official Twitter account, Harden is wearing a T-shirt with photos of the Lakers legend that reads "In Memory of Kobe Bryant 1978-2020." He's also wearing shorts that read "BRYANT" across the front. Westbrook wore a Lakers' Bryant jersey as he showed up to the arena. The Rockets play the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of their series at 3 p.m. Monday. Although Westbrook is back to practicing with his teammates, he's still out with a strained quadriceps muscle.
A 2016 Los Angeles City Council resolution declared Aug. 24 as Kobe Bryant Day. Bryant wore the Nos. 8 and 24 in his 20 seasons with the Lakers. Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January. Billy Donovan also didn't mirror Dort and Harden's minutes, something you can expect in Game 4. Harden shot 33% with Dort on the floor in Game 3. Harden also went 1-for-12 on threes vs.
The offensive foul called on Thunder star Chris Paul late in Oklahoma City's Game 3 win against the Rockets on Saturday will stand as called, a league spokesman confirmed on Monday. Paul hit Rockets guard Ben McLemore below the belt with 1:20 remaining in overtime. The Rockets wanted the play to be reviewed by officials and left the court angry that game officials did not look at the replay. Paul could have been assessed a technical foul or a flagrant foul at the time or even in the days that followed. Either would have counted toward his allotment in the unlikely event he reached his post-season limit for an automatic suspension.
The Rockets did not argue that the foul was intentional but said it should have been reviewed. "I asked the referee to just go over and review it," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said after the game on Saturday. "I didn't have a clear (look.) But I know my guy got hit in a bad place with an elbow, so go look at it. "But it's not like in the bubble … there must be entertainment going on somewhere because what else do we have to do? Let's go over, look at it, come back and play basketball." Paul said on Saturday the contact was unintentional and that he checked on McLemore. On Sunday, McLemore said he had moved on. "That's last game," he said. "Got to move forward to the next one."