James Harden answers his critics in the most exquisite of style in his Brooklyn Nets debut. The Beard drops a triple-double. Harden became the first player ever in NBA’s history to score a triple-double in a debut with any team. No wonder he shared the spotlight with Kevin Durant, scoring 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds against Orlando Magic. Harden finally made use of his arrival into his preferred team and said after the game that it was ‘unbelievable’ to play in a game with the Nets.
One hand there was Harden, on the other, there was Durant who scored 42-points. Harden and Durant combined to score more than 70 points for the Nets in their 122-115 victory over the Magic. With Harden in the Nets, there is no doubt that the Nets are surely one of the strongest to win the championship and end their franchise drought.
James Harden registers himself in the history books with Brooklyn Nets
“I hope that you can tell by my smile and my play,” Harden said. “Just excited, excited for the opportunity. This is an unbelievable organization from top to bottom. For me, all I have to do is go out there and be the best James Harden I can be and good things will happen.”
Harden’s 14 assists were a franchise record for assists in a player’s first game with the team. He also had four steals, one block and nine turnovers in just under 40 minutes.
“I’m a hooper,” Harden said. “Like I said, I’m very unselfish. I’m going to do whatever it takes to win. Obviously, KD is like an elite, different kind of basketball player as far as the way he is able to score the basketball. It’s so easy for him, and I know that. I just want to make it a little bit easier if I can. For the rest of our team, our shooters and our bigs — make it easier for them. So yeah, it was easy out there.”
Having aid that, with Irving to come in the starting line-up, the Big 3 could have a catastrophic impact on the league. But as the time unravels, let’s see how Harden progresses with the Nets.