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CRAWFORD | Harrison twins say they had fun with their first pro matchup

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Without question, it looked strange. Even the NBA TV cameras were drawn to the sight of the players always known by the single appellation, “The Harrison Twins,” in opposing uniforms.

Andrew Harrison and his brother Aaron told the network that Sunday’s NBA Orlando Summer League game between Andrew’s Memphis Grizzlies and Aaron’s Charlotte Bobcats was the first time they opposed each other at any level of the game.

Having declared for the draft after their sophomore seasons, Andrew Harrison was a second-round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns, then was shipped to Memphis in a trade, while Aaron Harrison went undrafted before signing with Charlotte as a free agent.

Sunday’s matchup wasn’t a head-to-head competition, however. Andrew played guard for Memphis, while Aaron was on the wing for the most part for Charlotte. Aaron finished with 16 points and eight assists, heating up in the second half. Andrew had 9 points and 6 rebounds.

The Grizzlies beat Charlotte 79-75 after leading by as many as 19 in the second half.

After the game, the Harrisons joked before an NBA TV interview about who fouled whom.

“It was pretty different, you know, playing against a guy you’ve been playing with your whole life,” Aaron Harrison told NBA TV. “It was pretty fun, actually.”

The two appeared to have fun with it. At one point in the first half, after Aaron was fouled, Andrew attempted to give him a high five. Aaron left him hanging, so Andrew playfully shoved him.

“Everyone saw him grab me,” Aaron joked. “I don’t know what that was about. Definitely a Flagrant 2. Probably an ejection in a regular game.”

Asked if he was glad the two weren’t matched up on each other, Andrew told NBA TV, “It’s a mismatch for me, you know what I’m saying?”

Aaron slipped in the draft because teams were concerned about his ability to hit the NBA three-pointer. He was 0-for-2 on Sunday, but showed his ability to get to the rim and score in the lane.

“It’s different,” Andrew Harrison said. “We both have chips on our shoulders. We want to be some of the best players in the league. So we’re pushing each other, but at the same time we’re not together. We have to be self-motivated. So we’re praying for each other and hoping for the best for each other.”

Andrew is looking to earn time at guard for Memphis. He started alongside former University of Louisville All-American Russ Smith for the second straight game on Sunday. Smith had 14 points, seven assists, three steals and three rebounds.

The game also featured Wisconsin All-American Frank Kaminsky, who finished with 14 points for Charlotte. Kaminsky’s Wisconsin team handed Kentucky and the Harrisons their only loss last season, in the Final Four.

Life apart really hasn’t yet begun for the twins. They hang out together when they can in Orlando for the summer league.

“We talk every day, all the time, but I don’t think I’m having any withdrawls by not seeing him, or anything like that,” Andrew said. “I miss him, though.”

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