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Harden warns of ‘scary hours’ as Nets yet to show full power

Delfin Dioquino
Harden warns of ‘scary hours’ as Nets yet to show full power

TRIPLE-DOUBLE MACHINE. James Harden marks his arrival in Brooklyn with a 32-point triple-double for the Nets.

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With the Nets still missing Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant combine for 74 points in their first game together for Brooklyn

James Harden marveled at the potential firepower the Brooklyn Nets will showcase once he finally shares the court with fellow NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Harden made NBA history as the first player to notch a 30-point triple-double in his debut with a new team, keying the Nets to a rousing 122-115 win over the Orlando Magic.

Ending an eight-year stint with the Houston Rockets, the former NBA MVP marked his arrival in Brooklyn with 32 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds.

Durant, who played with Harden during their Oklahoma City Thunder days, was just as impressive with 42 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

Meanwhile, Irving missed his sixth consecutive game due to personal reasons and health and safety protocols.

“Great team win! We didn’t even have [Irving] tonight. Scary hours. Wow!” Harden wrote on his Instagram Stories.

Fans and pundits expressed skepticism how the Nets’ new “Big Three” will work, especially with all of them being known as volume scorers who thrive on isolation plays.

But Harden said he is ready to adjust to his new situation.

“I’m very unselfish. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win,” Harden said.

“Obviously KD is an elite and a different type of basketball player as far as the way he is able to score the basketball, it is so easy for him. I know that. I just want to make it a little bit more easier if I can.”

“For the rest of the teammates, our shooters and our bigs, I’ll make it easier for them,” he added. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.