Behind James Harden and Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the San Antonio Spurs on Monday in overtime, giving the franchise its first road win in San Antonio since January 22, 2002. It was an impressive win considering the Nets are still without Kevin Durant.
After the game, Kyrie Irving fired a warning shot at the NBA on behalf of James Harden, who is doing historic things since getting traded to the Nets.
James Harden already has seven triple-doubles with the Nets
James Harden has appeared in 22 games with the Nets. He already has seven triple-doubles.
Against the Spurs, Harden became the first NBA player to record 30 points, 15 assists, and at least 10 rebounds with zero turnovers since individual turnovers were first tracked in 1977-78. The Beard put up 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 15 assists while shooting 12-of-23 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Harden’s seven triple-doubles are the most in a season by a Nets player since Jason Kidd had 12 in 2007-08. The former MVP is averaging 25.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 11.3 assists with the Nets, who are in second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
With Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving leading the way, the Nets are the favorites to win the East this season. As for people who think Harden’s production will slow down, Irving has a message for them.
Kyrie Irving says people better get used to James Harden’s triple-doubles
Kyrie Irving isn’t surprised what James Harden is doing with the Nets. The All-Star point guard says people should get used to Harden’s triple-doubles because they will be seeing a lot more of them.
“When James is being James, it makes our job a lot easier. And so we got to get used to somebody special like that, things like that in terms of breaking records,” Irving said, via ESPN.
“So, I can’t wait to be right alongside of him, my name in Nets history — and all the guys on our team where we’re just breaking records as a team, and then individually we’re stacking up with some of the best to ever play.”
When the Nets acquired Harden, everyone wondered how the former Houston Rockets superstar would gel with Irving. Thus far, the two stars are playing great together.
Once Kevin Durant returns from his hamstring injury, the Nets will likely pass the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference standings. Brooklyn’s defense is getting better game after game, and the team has the most explosive offense in the NBA.
Not only is Kyrie Irving praising the heck out of James Harden, but he’s also vowing to protect his teammate against the Rockets.
Kyrie Irving doesn’t want any tension against the Rockets
The Nets have one game remaining before the All-Star break, and it’s against the Rockets. James Harden will face off against Houston for the first time since he requested a trade, and Kyrie Irving will make sure things stay civil.
“Everybody at home, enjoy the game, there will be no tension and no s— -talking going on, on the court or about James in my presence or anybody else’s presence,” Irving said.
“So we’re coming to Houston, to enjoy the NBA game of basketball and play it at a high level on behalf of James and the rest of the guys, because we know it’s a special night regardless.”
Kyrie Irving and James Harden should have no problem leading the Nets to victory over the Rockets. Houston has lost 12 straight games.