NBA MVP: Against the New York Knicks on Monday (ET), James Harden was breaking records again with his all-round contribution. En route to recording the first 20-15-15 triple-double in franchise history, Harden helped the Nets survive the Knicks’ furious comeback by scoring or assisting on 10 of their last 14 points.
James Harden’s Brooklyn Nets career is just 26 games old.
However, in the short stint, he’s already been breaking and setting new franchise records, leading the team to victories by taking over ‘clutch games‘.
James Harden finished with 21 pts, 15 rebs & 15 ast tonight.
He is the first player in Nets history with a 20-pt, 15-reb and 15-ast game. He also recorded his 10th triple-double with the Nets, only the 2nd player in franchise history to do so h/t @EliasSports. pic.twitter.com/VFMLQRvzMR
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 16, 2021
NBA MVP: More importantly, his play has been the key to the team finishing with wins. Since they acquired him, Brooklyn is 20-7 – the second-best record in the league in that span.
This victory over the neighboring Knicks is the Nets’ fifth straight and 13th in their last 14, helping them to remain within a half-game of the East-leading Philadelphia 76ers.
NBA MVP: A lot of these positive results are courtesy of Harden’s performance in clutch situations. For the season, since landing in Brooklyn, Harden is among the top-five clutch scorers in the league.
Against the Knicks, who made the game interesting late by coming back from 18 down, he scored (8) or assisted on 10 of the team’s last 14 points. In the team’s previous game against the Pistons, he came up huge as well.
James Harden closed out the Pistons in clutch time 🔥
He scored the Nets’ last 10 points to seal the W. pic.twitter.com/fFF0uQf9uJ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 14, 2021
NBA MVP: A notable game to look back on was against the Miami Heat, just a week after joining the Nets in January, he scored or assisted on 13 of the team’s 15-0 game-sealing run.