Sixers Tyrese Maxey Flourishing With Addition of James Harden

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The early returns in the trade for James Harden have been great so far for the Philadelphia 76ers. The team is 2-0 with Harden in the lineup and the offense so far has been on fire.

In the first two games with Harden, the Sixers have been averaging a whopping 129 points per game while shooting 50% from the field. The team has also shot 80 free throws in the last two games.

The chemistry between superstars Harden and Joel Embiid has also been instant. Embiid has averaged 35.5 points and 9.5 rebounds with Harden so far. The Sixers also shot 27 free throws in the team’s win over the Knicks.

In his first two games in Philadelphia, Harden has averaged 28 points, 14 assists, and 9 rebounds per game. His chemistry hasn’t just been good with Embiid, second-year guard Tyrese Maxey has also

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James Harden Makes 76ers Debut: NBA Fans React

James Harden debuts with the 76ers.

James Harden debuts with the 76ers.

James Harden didn’t disappoint in his debut with the Philadelphia 76ers, leading the team to a statement win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Despite not having much time to get used to his new teammates, Harden finished his 76ers debut with 27 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

In his postgame press conference, Harden made it known that he’s awfully happy to be a member of the 76ers.

“[I’m] extremely happy,” Harden told reporters postgame. “Extremely happy.”

Harden received some criticism for the way he handled his time with the Brooklyn Nets. That being said, he silenced all his critics with the way he played in his debut.

Of course, the NBA world was impressed by Harden’s performance against the Timberwolves. He looked rejuvenated and motivated on the court.

“James Harden is the perfect fit for Philly and Embiid,” ESPN’s Kendrick

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James Harden Debut: Sixers Twitter Goes Nuclear, Joel Embiid Rips Ben Simmons


James Harden wowed in his Sixers debut alongside Joel Embiid on February 25, 2022 in Minnesota.

It didn’t take long for James Harden to make his presence felt. Early in his Philadelphia 76ers’ debut, The Beard dribbled down the baseline and pulled out a beautiful cross-over en route to an easy and-one opportunity. He swished the free throw to put the Sixers up 10-6 with 8:43 showing in the first quarter.

Harden was sensational in his first game, showcasing his patented step-back three on multiple occasions while wowing with several no-look Houdini passes. He fired a strike down the court to a streaking Tyrese Maxey for a speedy lay-in. He played solid defense. He fought for rebounds. He was everything as advertised and more. Harden finished with 27 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds.

After the game, Sixers Twitter boiled over in excitement … to the point of nuclear

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Kevin Durant the one pulling the trigger on James Harden trade?

By Thursday morning, Durant dialed Nets general manager Sean Marks, sources said. While Durant had initially resisted swapping Harden for Simmons, Harden had finally forced his hand. Brooklyn’s spiral of losses and Harden’s freelancing behavior created an untenable situation. “Kevin’s the one that pulled the trigger with this,” another source with knowledge of the situation said. “Kevin’s the one that said, ‘Do this deal.’ There was growing concern that this entire season would be lost and then they’d lose James for nothing.”
Source: Jake Fischer @ Bleacher Report

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
What does everyone want to know from Harden, Morey, and Co. at today’s presser? – 10:17 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’m very ready to put the Harden-Simmons, Brooklyn-Philly stories away and move on to basketball. Everyone was miserable. We get it. Do we really need more details about why everyone was

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