James Harden: Blessed to join Wilt Chamberlain on 76ers record list
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James Harden led the Philadelphia 76ers to a big comeback on Friday night and made a bit of history in the process. In a 119-114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Harden had 20 points, 21 assists and 10 rebounds. The 76ers were down by 20 in the first half but Harden's big performance helped Philadelphia create a big comeback.
By dropping 20 points and dishing out 21 assists, Harden wrote history - he joined Chamberlain as the second player in the 76ers history with 20 points and 20 assists in a game and he also tied Chamberlain and Maurice Cheeks' for the team's record for the most assists in a game.
"That's some great company. Mo Cheeks was one of my coaches (in Oklahoma City), and then Wilt, I feel like he has every record. So just being in the conversation with some of the best basketball players to ever touch a basketball is always a blessing," Harden said after the game, per ESPN.
Harden led the 76ers to a big comeback win
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Clippers with 28 points, while Paul George had 22 points. For the 76ers, Joel Embiid also had a strong game as the star center dropped a game-high 44 points.
"We knew how good of an offensive team they were. They caught us in that first half. The second half we picked up our defensive intensity, got out in transition and it made the game a lot easier for us," Harden said. Meanwhile, Harden earned praise from 76ers head coach Doc Rivers.
"This is a generational scorer that has taken and decided to be a point guard, who still scores, but to be a point guard for this team. That's hard to do. A lot of people, most people, can't do that, or will not do it is a better way of saying it.
The fact that he is willingly doing it, running the team, organizing us, is huge for us," Rivers said of Harden. Following their win over the Clippers, the 76ers improved to 19-12 on the season.