James Harden Praises Kyrie Irving After Nets Duo’s Huge 65-Point Performance Against Clippers

Published 02/22/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23), Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) and Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell (15) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets continued with their giant-slaying act on Sunday night. They defeated the Los Angeles Clippers thanks to mega performances from Kyrie Irving and James Harden, who are stepping up night in and night out for the Nets in the absence of Kevin Durant.

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The duo accumulated 65 points between themselves. While Harden recorded 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists, his partner-in-crime had 28 points and 8 assists. After the 112-108 win over the Clippers, Harden was complimentary of Kyrie Irving and said:

“He’s one of the most skilled, talented basketball players I’ve ever seen. Obviously, we all know that, but you’re seeing it night in night out. It’s like perfection. He’s just such a great guy. I’m happy to have him as one of my teammates.”

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Kyrie Irving took point guard duties from James Harden in the 4th quarter

Fans are aware of how Kyrie declared James as the bonafide point guard in a role reversal. It is because the former Rockets’ player has been their chief ball-handler since his trade to Brooklyn. But against the Clippers in the fourth quarter, Kyrie began running the plays.

Feb 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (L) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (R) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie provided a couple of crucial buckets for his teammates with the game locked in.

Team bonding going from strength to strength at Nets

It is going all too well in the Brooklyn camp. They are on a six-game winning streak while experts are listing them as the favorites to make the NBA Finals from the East and possibly go all the way. Amongst all this chatter, Irving believes it is all down to understanding each other as individuals. He said:

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“If you want to be successful in anything, you’ve got to invest in people. You’ve got to understand the human element. Not everybody’s going to be the same or have the same thought process, so I think we’re just coming to understand that we’re all different. We’re all individuals, but we can hold each other to a standard where we all meet.”

Feb 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington (8) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

After shaking off the early critics of their big-3 formation, the Nets are finally gaining some respect. And why wouldn’t they, after they defeated the Lakers and the Clippers in back-to-back encounters? Time will tell how far they go.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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