Brooklyn Nets star guard James Harden said his struggling days are officially over after delivering a monster performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. Harden posted 39 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds on Monday night to lead the Nets to a 124-108 win over the Clippers.
Harden was struggling with his form at the beginning of the season but he has been playing much better in recent time. "Yeah, that's over with," Harden said of his previous struggles, which saw him score fewer than 20 points in 12 of his first 23 games.
"That's over with." The Nets have won five of their last six games and Harden says their confidence is "through the roof." "Confidence is through the roof," Harden said of the Nets. "Now just you add KD, and Kai, and LaMarcus and Joe Harris [out after ankle surgery], and that's four of our best players, four of our top players that are out.
Our confidence level for our bench and guys that are in the game is high. "They can come in the game and impact the game in different ways, and we can find different ways to win basketball games, and that's what it's about.
It's not always gonna be pretty, we're not always gonna make shots, but defensively we can get after it and lock teams down."
Harden returned from the NBA's health and safety protocols
"I was starting to feel good right before," Harden said of when he entered the protocols on Dec.
14. "Like body starting to feel good. That break, or COVID, or protocol, or rest, whatever you want to call it, it could have went two ways. I just overly locked in on my body, my eating, and when I was able to start working out, my workouts."
Meanwhile, Jordan Clarkson posted 23 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 110-104 win over the San Antonio Sputs. A fan kept provoking Clarkson and Clarkson wanted to confront him but his teammates prevented him from doing that.
"The guy just keeps antagonizing me, like almost challenges me like, "What you gonna do?'" Clarkson said. "After saying a bunch of stuff. I make money, I ain't trying to lose no money. I'm going to lose more money than he's going to lose.
He's probably going to just get kicked out of the game. We're playing basketball, having a good time. Fans got to learn, we're human, we're people, too. Stuff like that just can't fly."