Ranking James Harden’s top three performances for the Nets

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Nets superstar James Harden turned 32 years old on August 26th. In celebration of the Nets guard, let’s look back at his three best performances in a Brooklyn jersey.

Although Harden has only been with the Nets for a short stint since arriving from Houston during the 2020-21 season, the former MVP has still made it difficult to pick out his top performances with the Nets. It was all because he didn’t waste any time causing havoc upon his arrival.

Harden was a legitimate MVP contender after switching teams and keeping the Nets near the top of the Eastern Conference, but injuries ruined his shot at the award and also limited Harden in the playoffs. Harden is making noticeable progress in his recovery, and should be another major MVP contender this fall. Here are his top 3 games:

James Harden officially arrives in Brooklyn

On January 16, In just his debut, the Beard put on an absolute show. Not only did he make history, but he also stuffed the stat sheet. The 32-year-old went for 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds versus the Orlando Magic to pick up the win. This made him the seventh player in NBA history to record a triple-double in a team debut. During the game, it was as if Harden had played on the team for quite some time already. He seemed so comfortable around his new teammates and he knew exactly how to find them in their spots right off the bat. For sure, this game belongs at three.

James Harden explodes for a 40-point triple-double

What can’t this man not do? On March 17, Brooklyn had their backs against the wall versus the Indiana Pacers. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant not playing in this game, the Nets still had to find a way to stay in contention at the top of the East. The nine-time All-Star knew exactly how to make it possible by doing it all for 42 minutes. While only going 2-of-9 from deep, Harden scored 40 points to go along with 15 assists and 10 rebounds to propel the Nets past the Pacers. This game easily put the 32-year-old deeper into MVP conversations. It was also performances like these that left many wondering if it would even be fair for Harden to be eligible for the award after being traded mid-season.

Harden's clutch three in comeback vs. the Suns

James Harden’s heroics came to the rescue for the Nets again on February 16. The Nets star was without the other two members of the big three again, leaving him with the keys to run the show. It seemed like all hope was lost early on though, with Brooklyn trailing by as many as 24. It was then time for Harden’s orchestration to be put to the test. On his way to 38 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds Harden led an inspired fourth quarter comeback. To put the icing on the cake, he hit a cold-blooded step back three to take a two-point lead with 30 seconds left in the game. The shot gave the Nets their first lead of the game and at the same time, it silenced the arena.

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