James Harden is on a tear — the kind that already has him within the Nets historical past guide in a surprisingly quick period of time.
On Monday, the Brooklyn star turned the primary participant in 44 years to have 30-plus factors, 15-plus assists, 10-plus rebounds and nil turnovers in a sport because the Nets defeated the San Antonio Spurs in time beyond regulation.
It was Harden’s seventh triple-double in 22 video games as a Internet, a exceptional stat that already has Harden in second place in franchise historical past within the class. Solely Jason Kidd (61) had extra triple-doubles for the Nets franchise, per StatMuse.
Kyrie Irving even mentioned: “I feel we received to implement the phrase, ‘Get used to it,’” per Alex Schiffer of The Athletic.
After the sport was over, after Harden escaped the court docket and the cameras in San Antonio, he went on Instagram to share an essential message.
Harden Quotes Nipsey
Not lengthy after one other stellar efficiency, Harden posted three pictures of himself throughout Brooklyn’s sport in opposition to the Spurs. But it surely was the caption that hit hardest.
“Go and get it convey it again and divide wit yo crew, and once you win on yo phrases you redefining the principles,” Harden captioned the publish, quoting the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
The 31-year-old Harden, who’s now averaging 25.1 factors, a league-leading 11.1 assists and eight.four rebounds since becoming a member of the Nets, had a robust relationship with Hussle. Harden has continued to honor the late rapper since he was fatally shot in Los Angeles in March 2019.
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Harden Says His Journey is for Nipsey
In September, Harden struggled with solely 17 factors and 9 assists because the Rockets defeated the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in Sport 7 of their first-round playoff sequence — however The Beard nonetheless performed an essential position in serving to his former group to advance. Like on Monday, Harden quoted Hussle after the sport — this time whereas addressing reporters on the podium.
“Like Hussle say: ‘By no means let a tough time humble us,’” Harden mentioned, by way of Ben Golliver of The Washington Publish.
“Like [Nipsey] Hussle say: ‘By no means let a tough time humble us.'”
Harden shouted out Nipsey Hussle after successful Sport 7.
(by way of @BenGolliver)pic.twitter.com/sRR68773Ns
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 3, 2020
In April 2019, not lengthy after Hussle was killed, Harden wore a medallion with a picture of Hussle on it earlier than and after a playoff sport. After the sport, Harden was requested why it’s essential for him to proceed to have folks bear in mind Nipsey.
“That identify won’t ever die. Folks bear in mind him,” Harden mentioned, by way of NBA TV. “I’m simply right here as a result of he’s considered one of my shut mates. This journey that I’m on is for him. It’s plain and easy. That identify, Nip, all people is aware of that identify now. I’m simply one other person who’s simply serving to that identify dwell on.”
“This journey that I’m on is for him.” 🙏
– James Harden on why it is essential for him to proceed to honor the late Nipsey Hussle #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/btAUjdHpW0
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 18, 2019
Hussle additionally helped Harden have a good time successful NBA MVP in 2018, video of which was shared on social media.
I understand how shut Nipsey Hussell and Harden have been man. This hurts a lot. pic.twitter.com/Wsg98u70Ju
— ian 🕸 (@deadIocs) April 1, 2019
Hussle deliberate to begin a sports activities company by his Marathon model. Final yr, Harden mentioned he wished to take Hussle’s imaginative and prescient and make it a actuality.
“[Hussle] wished to do a Marathon sports activities company,” Harden mentioned, by way of GQ. “We simply had an in-depth dialog, smoking a cigar within the again, simply chopping it up about how massive we will make this. … I nonetheless need to work out how you can make [the agency] occur. That’s considered one of my targets.”
Earlier than his dying, Nipsey Hussle expressed wanting to increase his Marathon model into sports activities.
James Harden needs to convey the imaginative and prescient to fruition 🏁 pic.twitter.com/oXxy3AExvx
— ESPN (@espn) February 18, 2020
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