PHILADELPHIA -- James Harden leaned in toward John Hao, a paralyzed Michigan State shooting survivor who developed a long-distance FaceTime bond with the Philadelphia 76ers star, and gave his new friend a hug.
"You look good," Harden told Hao.
The 20-year-old Hao and his parents smiled as the Sixers star guard resumed his pregame routine Sunday ahead of Game 4 of their Eastern Conference second-round series against the Boston Celtics. The family had been invited by Harden to attend a 76ers game once Hao was available to travel.
Harden rewarded Hao with an incredible performance in a Sixers' overtime win as he scored 42 points to go along with 9 assists and 8 rebounds.