Nets’ James Harden Talks About His Priorities After Record-Breaking Performance Against Orlando Magic

Published 01/17/2021, 12:00 AM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket in the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


It looks like the former Houston Rockets superstar and new partner in crime for the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant is determined to set his reputation straight. After a plethora of accusations about James Harden being unprofessional, he has proved, once again, why he was the face of the Rockets’ franchise.

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It’s been about 48 hours since he left the Rockets and the man is already setting records with his new team. In the matchup with Orlando Magic, the Nets defeated them 122-115, and this had a lot to do with Harden’s performance. In fact, his performance will go down in history.

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James Harden has become the first play ever in the league’s history with a triple-double in his debut with a new team. The man ended up with 32 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds, and 4 steals. However, this wasn’t the only highlight of the game.

Even though Durant and James took some time to remember how to play next to each other, their chemistry looked incredible. If Kyrie Irving is added to this deadly equation, the Lakers’ chances of a repeat will look even bleaker.

Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) high fives forward Kevin Durant (7) during a time out in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden knows where he needs to improve

In a post-game interview, Harden was asked how it feels to get a win on his debut. Harden said, “It felt really good. The guys got after it. I mean individually, I got to stop turning the basketball over. But that comes with chemistry, comes with practice, with watching films. First game, I am glad to get a win and we just got to going.”

He further talked about their chemistry and stated, “When you play with really really good players, it’s pretty easy. For me, just learn reads, learn where guys like the ball. Just learn our personnel individually. Once I get that turnovers cut down, I’ll be more efficient.”

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Talking about his record, he revealed what it means to him to have such an electric start. “I am just happy we came away with a win,” he asserted. “Those stats don’t mean anything. I just try to do everything on the court to my ability to help the team win. Now we got to watch film and get ready for the next game.”

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This was just the man’s debut. Imagine what he could do after his chemistry with the team progresses. Do the Brooklyn Nets finally look like title contenders?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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