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Former KU star Frank Mason had a dustup with Rockets’ James Harden

Don’t touch the beard, Mr. Mason.

Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason, the former Kansas basketball star, was guarding Houston’s James Harden in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game when things got testy.

Mason swiped at the ball and instead caught Harden’s face/beard. A foul was called. Harden then tossed the ball at Mason’s feet, and the two exchanged words.

No punches were thrown, but neither player was happy.

Here is what happened (from Dime):

And this is a longer clip of the dustup (from Bleacher Report):

When the teams came out of a timeout, Harden made a point of scoring on Mason (from The Render):

Houston won the game 127-101.

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.