James Harden and DeMar DeRozan have been playing basketball together since their days as youths in California, with both players ultimately parlaying the countless hours spent on the court during high school and college into successful NBA careers. The two have had some exciting bouts in the NBA, with most recently DeRozan dropping a career-high 42 points on Harden.
Harden, a member of the Houston Rockets and DeRozan, a member of the Toronto Raptors, duke it out in the NBA twice a year since their teams are in the Western and Eastern Conference respectively. That might not be enough to satisfy the two friends’ hoops hunger, so they return to Los Angeles every year and play in the Drew League to enjoy some friendly competition.
During the championship game on Sunday, the two shooting guards certainly did that. DeRozan was the first to strike, (kinda) posterizing Harden on an alley-oop slam that sent the packed gym into a frenzy.
Harden however would get the last laugh, as he knocked down the game-winning three over the Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young.
Harden finished the victory with a game-high 37 points, and his squad LAUNFD took home the Drew League title. DeRozan dropped 28 points and one rim-rocker on his boy.