Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving wasn't surprised at all after James Harden recorded a triple-double against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Harden had a monstrous triple-double as he scored 30 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out 15 assists in a 123-114 overtime win over the Spurs.
"We have to implement the phrase 'get used to it,'" Irving said with a smile, per ESPN. It was Harden's seventh triple-double since joining the Nets in late-January. "When James is being James," Irving said, "it makes our job a lot easier.
And so we got to get used to somebody special like that, things like that in terms of breaking records. So, I can't wait to be right alongside of him, my name in Nets history -- and all the guys on our team where we're just breaking records as a team, and then individually we're stacking up with some of the best to ever play."
Irving gave the point guard duties to Harden
After several games together, Irving told Harden to play at the point guard position. "If I'm the point guard," Harden said Monday, "and my teammates and coaching staff is giving me the responsibility to handle the basketball, I have to do a really good job with my passes, making them precise and not just giving away points."
After the Nets traded for Harden, they struggled mightily on the defensive end of the floor. But the Nets have drastically improved their defense over the last three weeks as they have won nine of their last 10 games. "We hear all the talk about us not being a very good defensive team," Harden said.
"We're picking that up, and we're finding ways to get better." The Nets play against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Harden's former team. "We're excited to play basketball, go back to where James had a great career," Irving said.
"Looking forward to the experience, looking forward to having fun. It's going to be highly competitive, a lot of great players, no animosity on the court: Just greatness on display. "Everybody at home, enjoy the game, there will be no tension and no s--- -talking going on, on the court or about James in my presence or anybody else's presence.
So we're coming to Houston, to enjoy the game of basketball and play it at a high level on behalf of James and the rest of the guys, because we know it's a special night regardless."