James Harden makes franchise history in Game 2 with Philadelphia
In what might be the understatement of the year, the Philadelphia 76ers appreciate the addition of James Harden. The Sixers are 2-0 with him and the team clicks extremely well. Even before he had the chance to play a game at home, Harden entered the franchise history books.
According to Stat Muse, Harden’s stat line against the New York Knicks — 29 points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds and five steals — is the only one 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 game in 25/10/15/5s. 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 this work and get Philly back to the NBA Finals.
Harden’s chemistry with Tyrese Maxey also makes Philadelphia super dangerous. The young point guard scored over 20 points in his two games alongside The Beard. Maxey spoke enthusiastically about Harden for his leadership and should be able to punish defenses even more with Harden’s play helping him.
Philadelphia is third in the Eastern Conference with a 37-23 record. They have a real shot at catching the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls in the standings. The Harden-Embiid duo is arguably the best in the league and the team around them is full of reliable contributors.