Saved By The Beard? James Harden Slams A Ball Into His Own Face, Walks Away

Houston Rockets star James Harden took his frustrations out on an innocent basketball on Saturday ― and the basketball wasn’t having it. 

Check out the reaction from the Pelicans’ Josh Hart as the scene unfolded:

Hart later said he took it as a sign he was playing good defense. 

The Rockets still won 126-123, with Harden racking up a team-high 29 points.  He cracked that his beard protected his face from the slam: