Nets’ James Harden Moves Closer to LeBron James’ Incredible NBA Stat

Published 02/22/2021, 5:08 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball ahead of James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second quarter of a game at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


James Harden has continued his incredible form from over the past few weeks. Since his move to Brooklyn, he has led the NBA in assists. Furthermore, he has gelled well with his new teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Currently, Harden has helped the Brooklyn Nets achieve a six-game winning streak. And now, he is close to matching LeBron James with an incredible record.

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James Harden is close to LeBron

Against the LA Clippers, Harden posted yet another double-double. He scored 37 points and 11 rebounds. And now he is closing in LeBron James for the most 35-point double-doubles among current NBA players with 77. He is just one more 35-point double-double away from matching LeBron for the most from the currently active players.

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Harden has completely transformed himself. After forcing his way out of Houston, he joined the Brooklyn Nets to form one of the most formidable attacking trios in NBA history. He joined forces with former teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, as the trio looks to lead Brooklyn to the NBA championship.

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Harden was one of the most dominant scorers in the NBA for the past few seasons. He has led the league in scoring on several occasions. However, since coming to Brooklyn, he has shifted his focus to playmaking. He and Kyrie Irving had a conversation recently, where Irving suggested that Harden play the point guard role over him.

The Beard has reinvented himself

For the season, Harden is averaging 24.9 points, 11.1 assists, and 7.3 rebounds. He is leading the NBA in assists, as he has done in the past. However, the dynamism of Harden’s game has been a major surprise. Prior to him coming to Brooklyn, there were doubts about whether he and Kyrie Irving could be able to play together because they are both ball-dominant.

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Feb 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as he drives to the basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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However, since the Harden trade, the Beard and Irving have shown that they can play together very well. Harden’s selflessness has been a joy to watch for fans, and he has proven that he is one of the most adaptable players in the NBA. Currently, he is helping the Brooklyn Nets establish a winning record, and secure a top playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Will James Harden surpass LeBron James? He has a very good chance to do so if he continues to play at the same level that he has.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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