Brooklyn Nets star guard James Harden put up outstanding numbers against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and after the game he admitted that his goal was to put up a show in his return to Houston. Harden, who signed with the Rockets in 2012, asked for a trade before the season started and in January Houston traded him to the Nets.
Harden posted a triple-double as he had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in a 132-114 win over the Rockets. "As far as playing in Houston, a lot of mixed emotions for the fans, but I knew that was going to happen," Harden said.
"I just wanted to come out here and give them a show." The Rockets have now lost 13 games in a row and the All Star weekend break will help them clear their minds a bit. "The way we've been losing, we definitely do need a break to clear our minds, find ourselves, try to get some guys healthy, try to get a full team again," said Rockets point guard John Wall, who scored 36 points on 12-of-30 shooting in 41 minutes.
"I don't know when the last time we had a full team. Tonight we went in with only eight guys, but we didn't stop fighting. We kept competing, we kept battling, and that's one thing you can respect."
Harden was focused on helping the Nets win
"Once I get on that court, it's just trying to win," said Harden, who was 10-of-15 from the floor.
"I'm not really worried about anything else. That was kind of my feeling -- win the game and do whatever it takes to do what you've been doing. I wasn't trying to show off, wasn't trying to do anything out of the ordinary that I haven't been doing."
Harden failed to lead the Rockets to an NBA Championship but still he ended up as one the greatest ever to wear a Rockets jersey. "My reaction was hopefully I did something right. Obviously, I came up short of a championship, but the work on and off the court that [I] put in over those past eight years was elite," he said.
"I think that's the only thing I didn't do or didn't accomplish, was a championship, which is difficult to attain. But as far as bringing excitement to this city, taking care of the fans on and off the court, is something I tried to contribute, so hopefully that outweighs that [lack of a championship]."