In what might be the understatement of the year, the Philadelphia 76ers are enjoying the addition of James Harden. The Sixers are 2-0 with him and the team is clicking extremely well. Before he has even gotten the chance to play a home game, Harden entered the franchise's history books.
According to Stat Muse, Harden's stat line against the New York Knicks — 29 points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds and five steals — stands alone in Sixers franchise history. He also became the first player in NBA history to record 25 points and 10 assists in his first two games with a new team.
James Harden 2nd game as a Sixer:
He is the first player in franchise history with a 25/10/15/5s game. pic.twitter.com/Y3F2RWxRSt
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 27, 2022
The Sixers are really starting to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Their offense can be taken to new heights behind the duo of Harden and Joel Embiid, who are both unstoppable scorers. Both superstars are extremely motivated to make it work and bring Philly back to the NBA Finals.
Harden's chemistry with Tyrese Maxey is also making Philadelphia super dangerous. The young point guard has scored over 20 points in both of his games alongside The Beard. Maxey has spoken glowingly about Harden for his leadership and should be able to punish defenses even more with Harden's playmaking helping him out.
Philadelphia is third in the Eastern Conference with a 37-23 record. They have a real chance to catch the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls in the standings. The Harden-Embiid dup is arguably the best in the league and the team around them is full of reliable contributors.