James Harden has had an inconsistent 2021-22 season to date.
On Tuesday evening it was time for one in every of his larger video games in opposition to the Nets crosstown rivals, the New York Knicks.
The Beard balled out, almost recording a triple-double with 34 factors, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 40 minutes of motion. Postgame, he credited NBA legend Reggie Miller, who was courtside calling the sport for TNT.
“He the one which acquired me going for positive,” Harden stated within the postgame press convention.
James Harden says Reggie Miller motivated him earlier than tonight’s recreation vs. the Knicks:
“Reggie’s the one which acquired me going. Final confidence, final ‘greatest participant within the league’-type vibe. That mindset. Simply hit me with some good motivation earlier than the sport – one thing I wanted” pic.twitter.com/FmaqqalEUC
— Nets Movies (@SNYNets) December 1, 2021
As a part of the showcase, Harden additionally offered the NBA with a uncommon putback dunk. In accordance with him, it is the primary of his profession.
“It’d’ve been the primary one in every of my profession, 13 years,” Harden stated postgame. “I needed to let it out. I wasn’t that nice once I seemed on the spotlight, nevertheless it felt nice”
The tight 112-110 victory not solely helped the Nets rebound from a Saturday evening loss to Phoenix, but in addition helped Harden regain his type after a dismal outing (7 TO’s, 4-15 FGs) by which he was booed by followers on the Barclays Heart.
In reality, after that recreation, Harden’s feedback on being not sure about when to attain and when to make performs for others went viral given how properly he balanced these duties by the second half of final season with the Nets.
Brooklyn will probably be hoping this outing in opposition to the Knicks will launch Harden’s return to elite type on a extra constant foundation.