James Harden: Nets superstar credits Reggie Miller for big time performance against Knicks
James Harden has had an unstable 2021-22 season so far.
On Tuesday night, it was time for one of his bigger games against the Nets crosstown rival, the New York Knicks.
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The Beard were excellent, nearly scoring a brace with 34 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 40 minutes of play. After the game, he credited NBA legend Reggie Miller, who was flirting with calling the game for TNT.
“He’s the one who helped me for sure,” Harden said in his post-match press conference.
James Harden says Reggie Miller motivated him ahead of tonight’s game against the Knicks:
“Reggie was the one that got me going. The ultimate confidence, the ultimate ‘league best player’ vibe. That thought. Just give me a good boost before the game – that thing. that I need” pic.twitter.com/FmaqqalEUC
– Nets Video (@SNYNets) December 1, 2021
As part of the rollout, Harden also provided the NBA with a rare putback. According to him, this is the first time in his career.
“It might be the first time in my career, 13 years,” Harden said after the game. “I have to let it out. I’m not that great when I look at the highlights, but it feels great”
The tight 112-110 win not only helped the Nets recover from Saturday night’s loss to Phoenix, but it also helped Harden get back in shape after a bad game (7 TO, 4-15 FG) that he lost. booed by fans at Barclays Center.
In fact, after that game, Harden’s comments about being uncertain about when to score and when to play for others went viral because of how well he balanced those responsibilities. in the second half of last season with the Nets.
Brooklyn will be hoping this game against the Knicks will help return Harden to elite form on a more consistent basis.