James Harden reacts to main Sixers to win, going through former Nets group

PHILADELPHIA–James Harden’s time with the Brooklyn Nets wasn’t lengthy. After a little bit over eight seasons with the Houston Rockets, Harden was traded to the Nets eight video games into the 2020-21 season seeking to win a title with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.

Sadly for Harden and the Nets, issues went sideways as every part that might probably go flawed did and Brooklyn in the end couldn’t ship on their monumental potential. In 80 video games with the Nets, Harden averaged 23.4 factors, 10.5 assists, and eight.2 rebounds earlier than being despatched to the Philadelphia 76ers on the 2022 deadline.

Harden has confronted his former Nets group earlier than, however on Wednesday, he delivered a knockout punch. After Brooklyn rallied to tie the sport at 120 with 4:06 left after trailing by 17, Harden knocked down two big triples to interrupt the tie and he then bought to the basket to provide Philadelphia some separation in a 137-133 win over the Nets.

“Go get a bucket,” Harden stated bluntly after the win. “I had house and bought in my bag.”

The Sixers actually wanted Harden to bail them out. The Nets went to a zone protection and Philadelphia actually had bother moving into any units and attacking any mushy spots. So, they gave the ball to the long run Corridor of Famer and he knocked down two actually large photographs to seal it for the Sixers.

“On the finish of the day, he’s James Harden,” stated Tyrese Maxey. “When unsure, he’s gonna do some stuff that amazes you. That’s what he did and it was large time.”

When requested if there was something additional for Harden contemplating that it was towards his former group, he merely stated: “No.”

It does appear as if there’s a rivalry starting to brew between Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Each are two actually good groups with star energy on each side and there’s the Simmons issue for Philadelphia and Harden for Brooklyn.

Nevertheless, The Beard isn’t attempting to listen to any of that.

“I don’t know,” stated Harden. “For me, it’s a recreation. I’m tryna win. I don’t care about all that different stuff. That’s for everyone else.”

Harden will make his return to Brooklyn on Feb. 11 when the Sixers invade Barclays Heart.


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