Records went tumbling on Monday night as the Brooklyn Nets got the better of the San Antonio Spurs. Courtesy of James Harden, the Nets broke their 20-year winless run in the city of San Antonio.
In their 124-113 overtime victory, Harden recorded yet another triple-double. What makes his 30 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists even more special is the fact that he did not commit a single turnover. He became the first player to put up this stat line and yet record no turnover since 1977-78.
After the game, a humble Harden was crediting those around him for providing him the platform to flourish. Their team chemistry, he thinks, is invaluable to their success.
“I just try to come in and make an impact on the game every single possession. The best that I can. And my teammates have done an unbelievable job of helping me with that, coaches as well,” said Harden.
“So, I just try to bring my knowledge to the game and my skill set to the game and to this team. Hopefully, that’s good enough.”
‘Get used to’ such historic nights from James Harden – Kyrie Irving
This was ‘The Beard’s seventh triple-double since joining the Nets in January. He is defying all the detractors who dismissed his chances of gelling well with them. He is playing an influential role in this Big 3.
Talking about the Big 3, their ‘official’ point guard, Kyrie Irving, is not surprised to see Harden in such dominant form. He thinks that they have to accustom themselves to seeing such historic nights from the former Houston Rockets frontman.
“We have to implement the phrase ‘get used to it,’” Irving sang his teammate’s praise.
“When James is being James, it makes our job a lot easier. And so we got to get used to somebody special like that, things like that in terms of breaking records. So, I can’t wait to be right alongside of him, my name in Nets history — and all the guys on our team where we’re just breaking records as a team, and then individually we’re stacking up with some of the best to ever play.”
The sky couldn’t be shining any brighter in Brooklyn. Their super team experiment is not tanking after all. While a championship will ultimately be the judge of their success, they will take what is on offer to them right now.
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