“If the triangle hit me upside the head, I wouldn’t know what it was,” D’Antoni told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News prior to the game.
All the 65-year-old coach needed to be worried about was where his star James Harden was on the floor, erupting for a Stilt-like 53 points, 17 assists, and 16 rebounds — tying Wilt Chamberlain for the most points with a triple-double in NBA history.
On nights as special as Harden’s, it doesn’t matter what game the other team is playing, but how much freedom he has to execute whatever genius has possessed him for the 42 minutes he was on the floor.
Brandon Jennings‘ season-high of 32 points was of little importance given how dominant Harden was on every piece of the offense, amassing video game numbers unlike anything seen before.
“It was like NBA 2K numbers,” Jennings told reporters, comparing Harden’s performance to the popular video game. “I just told him afterward to just go and get the MVP and keep balling and doing what he’s doing.”