In the Nets 138-112 blowout win over the Bulls, James Harden was extremely efficient, recording 25 points, 16 assists, 7 rebounds, a steal, and a block.
With the league’s new foul call rule changes, James Harden struggled early in the 2021-2022 campaign. However, returning to the line-up after being cleared from the league’s health and safety protocols, it seems as if Harden started to find his groove. The Beard dropped a solid 36/10/10 in Brooklyn’s Christmas Day win over the Lakers, followed it by 3 more 30-point outbursts, and has been stuffing the stat sheet on a nightly basis, ever since.
During Brooklyn’s highly-anticipated clash against the #1 team in their conference – Chicago Bulls, Harden had to bring in his best game. And indeed he did. Dropping 25 points, 16 assists, 7 rebounds, a steal, and a block, Harden, alongside KD with his 27-point outing, propelled the Nets to grab the much-needed win.
Since the 25th December clash, Harden has been playing on an elite level, finally performing like the MVP caliber player he is. In those 9 games, the 2018 MVP has been putting up 27.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 10.8 assists on 45.1% shooting from the field.
James Harden since Christmas:
45.1 FG% pic.twitter.com/Dj2iYidEvx
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 13, 2022
NBA Twitter lauds James Harden for playing on an All-NBA level since Christmas Day
As soon as Harden’s stats went viral, NBA Twitter blew up with reactions.
they tried telling me he’s washed smh
— ً (@TrolledByPG) January 13, 2022
— َ (@RatiodByJynx) January 13, 2022
That’s right Ash, it was too easy!
We literally own them Bulls (Tauros) pic.twitter.com/FkFJoeaZXR
— Nets meet Pokémon (@NetsPokemon) January 13, 2022
Always a joy to watch James Harden operate an offense.
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) January 13, 2022
Games with 15+ assists:
James Harden – 30
LeBron James – 24
Stephen Curry – 12
Nikola Jokic – 7
Harden is in a league of his own pic.twitter.com/i8MVkMtnQw
— arxan (@arxanii) January 13, 2022
For the season, James has been putting up a solid 22.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 9.9 assists. These might not be the mindboggling numbers Harden used to put up in Houston, but these surely are good enough to help him earn an All-Star selection.