Brooklyn Nets stars James Harden and Kevin Durant are quickly building their chemistry and Harden credits behind maturity behind their quick success on the court. Harden and Durant, who played together for the Oklahoma City Thunder between 2009 and 2012, are now playing alongside each in a Brooklyn Nets uniform.
The Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 125-123 on Monday night as the Nets now have two wins in as much games Harden has played for the team. Harden scored a team 34 points and also grabbed six rebounds and dished out 12 assists in a win over the Bucks.
"We were young in Oklahoma City," Harden acknowledged, per ESPN. "We are grown men now. We know what we want. We really know the game of basketball now. We are not those young guys that want to run around and just shoot and dunk all day.
And then for me, I sit back and I know what player Kevin Durant is. He's one of the best players to ever touch a basketball."
Durant credits experience for his and Harden's quick success
Durant also had a strong performance against the Bucks as he scored 30 points, had nine rebounds and six assists.
Harden won the 2018 NBA MVP award, while Durant is a two-time NBA champion. "We've been through a lot in this league," Durant said. "Experienced a lot, and for us to bring it together now and combine what we've learned over this time and try to play great basketball, I think it was pretty seamless for us.
"It was an easy transition, especially with James handling the ball a lot coming in. So we're still trying to find our way, and we've still got room to improve, but it's a solid start." After his debut, Harden acknowledged that he will do everything in order to help the team get a win.
"I'm a hooper," Harden said. "Like I said, I'm very unselfish. I'm going to do whatever it takes to win. Obviously, KD is like an elite, different kind of basketball player as far as the way he is able to score the basketball.
It's so easy for him, and I know that. I just want to make it a little bit easier if I can. For the rest of our team, our shooters and our bigs -- make it easier for them. So yeah, it was easy out there."