The Harrison twins' first matchup as professionals went Andrew's way. He had nine points, six rebounds, two assists and three turnovers to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Charlotte Hornets 79-75 on Sunday in the NBA's Orlando Summer League.
Aaron Harrison had 16 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three turnovers for the Hornets (0-2), who trailed by 19 before rallying to make a game of it in the fourth quarter. Eight of his points came in the fourth quarter.
Outscoring his brother wasn't enough for Aaron. "I would have rather got the win," he said in a postgame interview on NBA TV.
The twins told NBA TV that Sunday was the first time they have played against each other in an organized basketball game.
"It was pretty different, just playing against a guy you've been playing with your whole life," Aaron said. "It was pretty fun, actually."
But they weren't guarding each other. In a reversal of their roles at UK, Aaron was playing point guard for Charlotte while Andrew was on the wing for Memphis (2-0).
Patrick Ewing, the Hornets’ summer league coach, thought Aaron showed improvement in his second outing.
"I thought he played a pretty good game. He attacked. He made some plays," Ewing said. "Right now, we’re looking at maybe playing him at the point guard position. He’s naturally a scorer, but if he expects to play for us he’s going to have to share the ball and get the ball to our scorers. His offense is secondary."
Former Louisville star Russ Smith, now in his second year as a pro, filled the point guard role for the Grizzlies. He had 14 points, seven assists, three steals and four turnovers.
The bulk of both Harrisons scoring came on drives to the basket and ensuing free-throw attempts. Aaron was 6-for-10 from the field, but he missed all three of his three-point attempts.
Both of the Harrisons talked about the adjustment they're facing in moving from college to the pros.
"We both have chips on our shoulders. We both want to be one of the best players in the league," Andrew said. "So we're pushing each other, but at the same time we're not together. So we have to be self-motivated. And we're just praying for each other, and hoping for each other the best."
Andrew also said the twins are getting used to seeing less of each other now that they don't play on the same team.
"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," he said. "I miss him, but ..."