James Harden faces Orlando for his first game with the Nets -
James Harden, author of a triple-double, started his new adventure with the Nets perfectly, alongside the other star Kevin Durant, untenable offensively, whose 42 points ensured the victory of Brooklyn against Orlando (122-115 ) Saturday in the NBA.
For their reunion in Brooklyn, the two former teammates of the Oklahoma City Thunder have shown that their duo will be formidable this season, while waiting to form a trio that could be even more so with Kyrie Irving, when it makes its return. (quarantine).
Between them, they managed 72 of the 120 points of their team.
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💪 A triple-double for his first, James Harden starts his adventure with the Nets perfectly! Https: //t.co/WvKxLfywhc
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Honor to the newcomer: Harden, transferred Wednesday from Houston, did not struggle to adapt to the game of the Nets, shaped by coach Steve Nash and his assistant Mike d'Antoni who was that of the Rockets between 2016 and 2020 His 32 points (including 12 in the last quarter), 14 assists and 12 rebounds, 4 steals plead for "The Beard" (the bearded man), who also accuses 9 losses of balls.
“These numbers don't mean anything.
I'm here to win, that's all.
This victory to begin with is good.
The chemistry will take, when you play with very good players, it's easier, ”commented the 2018 MVP, top scorer of the last three seasons, determined to keep his promise of altruism and sacrifice.
As he hinted, he was not alone, since Durant was a scorer as skilful (16/26 on shots) as he was clinical, scoring 14 points in the money-time to definitively repel a team from the Magic. remained in the game for a long time, in the wake of Nikola Vucevic in vain (34 pts, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 interceptions).
The Magic is in the hard with this 4th consecutive loss (6-6) and is doubled in the standings by Brooklyn (5th in the East, 8-6).