Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul is the league-leader in assist-to-turnover ratio among NBA players who average seven or more assists per game, so James Harden’s mom joined select company when she forced her son’s teammate into making a mistake with the clock winding down on a win.
As the seconds ticked off a 96-85 victory against the Utah Jazz, Paul dribbled to the sideline and high-fived a fan — Harden’s mother, Monja Willis — which technically meant he touched out of bounds. Referee Mike Callahan whistled Paul for what has to be considered the best turnover of his career.
— Chris Paul (@CP3) February 27, 2018
Luckily, Houston had the game in hand at that point. Jazz forward Jae Crowder missed a 3-pointer on the other end, and the final seconds came off the clock, leaving Paul to high-five folks at his leisure.
And Willis can now say she’s done something her son may never have — force Paul into a turnover.
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