James Harden has revelation about chemistry with Russell Westbrook
James Harden and Russell Westbrook may have had their differences in the past, but the Houston Rockets teammates seem to be getting on just fine inside the Orlando bubble.
Harden and Westbrook combined for 55 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in a 120-116 victory over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. The Beard was excellent on the defensive end of the floor, securing a whopping six steals while posting 24 points. Westbrook led the charge with 31 points and eight assists.
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In the past, some questioned Houston’s pairing of Harden and Westbrook. Both are outstanding scorers, but there is only one basketball, as the saying goes. They’ve shared some on-court arguments, to be sure.
Now, though, Harden says they have found their comfort zone with the Rockets. When one struggles, the other picks up the slack:
“Yeah, I think we’re comfortable now,” Harden said of the pair’s chemistry, via The Athletic. “I think with that training camp, we’re in a good place. We found ourselves.”
NBA fans are well-aware of the fact that Harden and Westbrook were teammates in the past, playing alongside Kevin Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder for three years. Experts viewed that team as a serious title contender, but the group was unable to stay together. Now, years later, Brodie and the Beard are looking to revitalize their on-court chemistry in Houston.
The Rockets will be back in action on Tuesday night when they’ll face off against the Portland Trail Blazers. Tip-off inside the bubble is set for 9:00 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.