After James Harden recorded his seventh triple-double since becoming a member of the Brooklyn Nets in a 124-113 additional time win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday evening, his teammate Kyrie Irving did not bat an eyelash.
“We have now to implement the phrase ‘get used to it,’” Irving stated with a smile.
It did not faze Irving that — in response to Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis — Harden turned the primary participant to report 30 factors, 15 assists and at the very least 10 rebounds with zero turnovers since particular person turnovers have been first tracked in 1977-78. Harden completed with 14 rebounds on the evening.
“When James is being James,” Irving stated, “it makes our job quite a bit simpler. And so we obtained to get used to any individual particular like that, issues like that when it comes to breaking information. So, I can not wait to be proper alongside of him, my title in Nets historical past — and all the blokes on our workforce the place we’re simply breaking information as a workforce, after which individually we’re stacking up with a number of the greatest to ever play.”
Seven triple-doubles can also be probably the most in a season by a Nets participant since Jason Kidd had 12 in 2007-08, in response to ESPN Stats & Info analysis.
After he dedicated six turnovers within the Nets’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, Harden vowed to be extra cautious dealing with the basketball.
“If I am the purpose guard,” Harden stated Monday, “and my teammates and training workers is giving me the accountability to deal with the basketball, I’ve to do a very good job with my passes, making them exact and never simply freely giving factors.”
After happening a 10-0 run down the stretch Monday evening, the Spurs have been capable of power additional time on a buzzer-beater from Dejounte Murray.
The Nets have been up by double digits with just below 4 minutes remaining in regulation earlier than they allowed the Spurs to get going. Harden stated he was happy with how the Nets refocused in additional time.
“We hear all of the speak about us not being an excellent defensive workforce,” Harden stated. “We’re choosing that up, and we’re discovering methods to get higher.”
The Nets have one recreation remaining earlier than the All-Star break — towards the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. It can even be the primary time Harden faces off towards his former workforce.
“We’re excited to play basketball, return to the place James had an incredible profession,” Irving stated. “Trying ahead to the expertise, trying ahead to having enjoyable. It is going to be extremely aggressive, loads of nice gamers, no animosity on the court docket: Simply greatness on show.”
Irving added: “Everyone at residence, benefit from the recreation, there will likely be no pressure and no s— -talking happening, on the court docket or about James in my presence or anyone else’s presence. So we’re coming to Houston, to benefit from the recreation of basketball and play it at a excessive degree on behalf of James and the remainder of the blokes, as a result of we all know it is a particular evening regardless.”