Nets’ James Harden Hopes to Adapt ‘Winning Mentality’ From Gregg Popovich and Spurs

Published 03/02/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets survived a scare but marched on by securing an overtime win against San Antonio Spurs. James Harden once again stole the show with a triple-double and later revealed the aspirations he has with his new team. 

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The Nets played the Spurs, a team that has been led by Gregg Popovich since 1996. The Spurs are one of the most established teams in the league, solely because of the system that Popovich has instilled into the franchise. 

James Harden is a huge fan of Popovich and had great praise for the revered head coach after Monday’s game. The shooting guard mentioned that the new-look Nets team is trying to achieve what the Spurs dynasty did. 

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Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) shoots over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

“The same type of mentality, same culture, that same winning mentality. We’ve shown a lot of growth since I’ve been here and we got a long way to go. But we’re on the right track and we’re doing an unbelievable job of just staying locked in-game by game,” Harden rejoiced. 

It was an emphatic win for the Nets, who grabbed a regular-season win in San Antonio for the first time since 2002. Hence, they have every reason to celebrate and move on to the next game with a strong momentum. 

James Harden is shining bright with the Brooklyn Nets 

Here’s one fact that’s been asserted time and time again – James Harden is a record-breaker wherever he goes. He’s effortlessly continuing to mark his place in the history books and hasn’t stopped his streak since arriving at Brooklyn. 

James Harden achieved yet another unique place in the record books after Monday’s win over the San Antonio Spurs. Harden finished with a triple-double and got 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 15 assists to his name.

The beauty of it is that the shooting guard committed zero turnovers in the game which is a rarity. With his feat, Harden became only the fourth player in NBA history to record 30+ points, 15+ assists, 0 turnovers in a game since 1985. Here are the rest: 

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The way the Brooklyn Nets are playing would be a message to other teams in the league. The Nets have been incredibly dominant in recent games despite the absence of Kevin Durant. One can only wait and watch how they’ll dominate once the playoffs arrive! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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