Rockets' Harden fined 25K for criticizing official

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Paul also fouled out in Thursday's loss to the Lakers and was called for a technical foul by Foster with 33 seconds left when he disputed a foul on him called by Foster on a Brandon Ingram drive.

"I don't know what else to do". Paul said, referring to his poor relationship with Foster. "I don't know what else to do", Paul said.

The Houston Rockets All Stars James Harden and Chris Paul have a serious beef with National Basketball Association official Scott Foster. Kyle Kuzma's nine points and LeBron James' six points led the comeback for Los Angeles.

Harden scored 30 points in that contest to increase his streak of 30-point scoring efforts to 32 games, the second longest in National Basketball Association history behind Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain's 65-game run. The Rockets coughed up a 19-point lead and lost to the Lakers, but James Harden and Chris Paul had bigger issues with Foster, who issued them both late-game fouls at critical moments. Need I remind you that the Pelicans were not involved in this game in any way, shape or form?

Houston led 32-22 at the end of the first quarter when it ended the period with eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Faried and Austin Rivers.

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The streak is the second longest in National Basketball Association history after Wilt Chamberlain's 65-game run.

James recently missed a bunch of time with a groin injury and is kicking things into playoff mode, while Paul recently came back from a hamstring injury.

Paul called out Foster's officiating in January 2018, and his comments then echoed what Harden said on Thursday night: that Foster isn't willing to communicate with players on the court.

Harden's jumper gave the Rockets a 52-39 advantage with 4:20 remaining before the Lakers went on an 9-0 run.

The Lakers evened their record at 28-28 but remain in 10th place in the Western Conference and 2½ games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot.