James Harden has always been a willing passer, which has actually been his strongest suit since being traded to the Brooklyn Nets early this season. Against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, The Beard made franchise history by being only the second Nets player since Deron Williams to record multiple 15 assists or more in a season.
James Harden is the first Nets player with multiple 15 assist games in a season since Deron Williams (2) in the 2011-12 season.
Harden notched his 20th career game with 15 points & 15 assists.
Since Harden entered the league in 2009 that is 5th-most in NBA during that span. pic.twitter.com/VVta9lBkrh
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The Nets took home an easy 134-117 road win over the Warriors at Chase Center. A lot of it had to do with James Harden’s pinpoint passing and magnificent breakdown of the Dubs’ defense. The one-time league MVP pitched in 19 points built on five three-pointers in 35 minutes. But it was Harden’s game-high 16 assists that punished Golden State, as he set the table up for his teammates. Five other Nets players finished in double-figures as Kyrie Irving led the team with 23 points while Kevin Durant added 20.
James Harden, of course, has led the league in scoring for the last three seasons, norming over 30 points per game. Most pundits questioned how he’ll adjust to getting fewer touches once he teamed up with fellow superstars Durant and Irving in Brooklyn. The 31-year-old megastar has taken on the role of primary facilitator for Brooklyn since the blockbuster trade went down.
Prior to Saturday’s showdown versus the Dubs, Harden was averaging 23.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 11.3 dimes, and 1.1 steals in 13 games. He is currently leading the league in assists per game.
The Nets franchise, meanwhile, hasn’t had a gifted passer like James Harden since Deron Williams was running point for the team. It is worth noting that the Nets have had brilliant playmakers over the years, including the legendary Jason Kidd. Only time can tell if James Harden can end up among the franchise’s best passers of all time.