‘Put Some Respect on His Name’: Twitter Erupts as James Harden Breaks Out in Blowout Nets Win

Published 01/25/2021, 11:37 PM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) and head coach Steve Nash talk against the Miami Heat during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets are finally grabbing much-needed victories after their two straight disappointing losses against the Cleveland Cavaliers. What looked like a sure-shot, losing game turned into a win, thanks to James Harden coming up big in the last quarter of the game. After much speculation about his capabilities, the Twitter world is now learning to appreciate him.

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How James Harden flipped the switch

A very slow first three quarters made NBA fans yawn as the Miami Heat started with a lead. However, both Kevin Durant and James Harden finished with 20 points by the end of the game, which is what led to their 98-85 win over the Heat.

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This is their second consecutive win against the Miami Heat, who they previously defeated with a score of 128-124. In that game, Durant ended up scoring 31 points and Harden only scored 12. This just helped all the critics further question the blockbuster trade that pitted Durant, Harden, and Kyrie Irving together.

In the first three quarters, Harden did not contribute much. However, he put up a better performance in the last quarter, adding 16 more to his tally. With Irving adding 16 points and his three-pointers ending the 78-all tie, the Nets pushed themselves to their eventual score.

With this, Twitter quickly reacted to Harden turning the heat up to grab Brooklyn a victory.

Do the Brooklyn Nets have it in them to win?

The Brooklyn Nets aren’t doing as bad as everyone imagined. However, there is also no consistency in their games. They either end up winning matches with the most dominant of teams or losing to a team that isn’t even near to being a contender.

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Jan 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball while being defended by Miami Heat forward KZ Okpala (4) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

When the James Harden trade took place, the popular opinion was that the Nets would become indestructible. In fact, they even looked threatening to the reigning champions, the Lakers, who were hoping to go for a repeat. So far, the Nets’ trio hasn’t shown even half of the threat fans expected them to be.

It’s possible that they need some more time to build chemistry, but no matter what one says, Harden looks extremely happy with Brooklyn. and it shows in his game. However, the question remains whether his trade was worth all the trouble he went through.

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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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