Nets celebrity James Harden reveled in his record-setting debut, whereas his coach heaped reward on the 2017-18 NBA MVP.
Harden grew to become the primary participant in NBA historical past to submit a 30-point triple-double in his debut for a brand new crew after the Nets outlasted the Magic 122-115 on Saturday.
Eight-time All-Star Harden swapped the Rockets for the Nets in a blockbuster commerce Thursday, and his first recreation in a Brooklyn jersey resulted in 32 factors, a franchise-record 14 assists, 12 rebounds and 4 steals. Harden was 8 of 18 from the sector (3-of-10 taking pictures from 3-point vary) in 40 minutes.
“It felt actually good [to get the win]. The blokes received after it,” Harden mentioned afterward. “Individually, I’ve received to cease turning the basketball over (he had 9 turnovers Saturday), however that comes with chemistry, that comes with apply, that comes with watching movie.”
Requested what the report meant, Harden instructed YES Community: “Nothing, I am simply pleased we got here away with the win. These stats do not imply something.”
“Whenever you’re paying with actually, actually good gamers, it is fairly straightforward,” Harden added. “For me, I’ve simply received to be taught reads, be taught the place guys just like the ball, simply be taught our personnel individually so as soon as I get that, the turnovers will lower down, I might be extra environment friendly.”
Disgruntled in Houston and eyeing an exit from the Rockets, Harden arrived in Brooklyn off form, however the sharpshooter confirmed what the Nets are getting as they’ve assembled a brilliant crew that additionally consists of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Nets first-year coach Steve Nash, who now leads a real championship contender, hailed Harden postgame.
“I can not say I am stunned,” Nash mentioned. “We had a fairly large easy dimension of him doing that [for] nevertheless a few years in he is been within the league. But it surely’s nonetheless not straightforward. He is nonetheless not in his finest situation but, he is joined a brand new group.
“Principally no apply time, and figured it out on the fly. He had a bunch of turnovers simply because he is new to the crew and the group and also you’re thrown on the market in an NBA the place the opposite crew is an excellent-coached basketball crew. . . . However all of the issues he did on the ground have been unimaginable for his first recreation.”
Reuniting with former Thunder teammate Harden, Durant led the way in which with a game-high 42 factors because the Nets improved to 8-6 following a 3rd consecutive win.
Durant additionally made franchise historical past for many consecutive 25-plus level video games with 9.
“James, he performed the identical method he all the time performed, to be sincere,” Durant mentioned. “He performed the identical method he was enjoying in Houston, being a pass-first guard, making an attempt to get guys beauty. He performed the identical method.
“Coach put him on the level, I believe that is his pure place, is level and combo guard. For him to get 14 assists, 12 rebounds for us on the level guard was key.”