It says something about a player’s performance when his opponents immediately start praising him after it.
That’s how ridiculous James Harden’s New Year’s Eve was against the New York Knicks. Harden made history with 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds, becoming the first player ever with 50 points, 15 assists and 15 rebounds in a game.
Knicks players couldn’t help but praise the Rockets’ guard after it was all said and done.
“It was like NBA 2K numbers,” New York’s Brandon Jennings said, comparing Harden’s performance to the video game. “I just told him afterward to just go and get the MVP and keep balling and doing what he’s doing.”
Everyone was in awe with Harden’s night. But you still don’t see an opponent using those kinds of words so soon after taking a defeat. That’s how much resect Harden garnered from his incredible night.
While Russell Westbrook has appeared to be the MVP frontrunner so far this season, Harden has not been far behind, if at all. He’s not averaging a triple-double but he’s close and has the Rockets winning nearly 75 percent of their games as they sit at third in the Western Conference.
This season has been full of historic performances so far and it’s not even halfway over. There will surely be many more memorable nights from Harden and others to come.