(Reuters) – Brooklyn Nets ahead Kevin Durant described new staff mate James Harden as “unimaginable” after the guard recorded a triple-double on his debut for the staff of their 122-115 NBA victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday evening.
Harden joined the Nets from the Houston Rockets on Thursday to reunite with Durant — his former staff mate at Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder — and the duo regarded dominant of their first recreation along with the Brooklyn staff.
Durant scored a season-high 42 factors whereas Harden, the NBA’s MVP in 2018, grew to become the seventh participant in NBA historical past to register a triple-double in his debut with a brand new staff and completed with 32 factors, 12 rebounds and 14 assists.
“It was unimaginable. You could possibly see him attempting to determine one of the simplest ways to play early on. I felt all of us have been over-passing, attempting to make all people comfy,” Durant instructed reporters.
“Then he received into his mode, being aggressive to attain. That opened up the entire recreation for all of us. Glad he received his ft up underneath him, he is received to maintain plugging away, maintain getting higher every day.”
Durant mentioned he was impressed with Harden within the level guard function, with Kyrie Irving lacking his sixth straight recreation attributable to private causes and well being and security protocols.
“James performed the identical means he all the time performs… the identical means he was enjoying in Houston. Dealing with the ball, being a past-first guard, attempting to get his guys beauty,” Durant mentioned.
“Coach put him on the level… I feel that is his pure place. Level, combo guard. For him to come back out and get 14 assists, 12 rebounds for us on the level guard was key.”
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