Brooklyn Nets star guard James Harden provided a confident answer when asked how good can the Nets be with him, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. On Wednesday, the Nets destroyed the Chicago Bulls 138-112. "We're that good," Harden said, when asked whether he was surprised at how quickly the trio's chemistry has come together.
"We got a chance to be that good. We just haven't had enough of it. I think last year we probably had 15 games maybe together, a little more, a little less. And this year only two. We haven't had a real bulk of a season -- y'all can consistently see how great we can be.
And we're working on that. We need to get to that point." Irving remains unvaccinated so he is still only available for road games. "We just got to do it," Harden said. "Since I've been here it's been crazy, a lot of ups and downs, honestly.
From last year coming into this year, we haven't had any consistency for any reason but ... we're not far at all. We're all killers. We attack. But we're all unselfish. We like to just make the right play. So it won't take long at all.
We just got to be out there on the court and be out there doing it."
Harden and Co. bounced back
The Nets suffered a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday so they entered the Bulls game wanting to bounce back. "You definitely want to play great against the best teams in the league for sure," Durant said.
"Especially after losing last game, we wanted to bounce back no matter who it was against. But it's good to come in here and a tough environment and get a W. This team has been extremely hot lately ... you can feel it, [fans] are starting to understand that Chicago Bulls basketball is back, so for us to come in here and win in this fashion, it meant a lot to us." The Bulls sit at No.
1 in the Eastern Conference but they stood no chance against the Nets. "These games can definitely give a team confidence," Nets head coach Steve Nash said. "Give 'em mojo and something to build on, but it can also not. So it's in the bank.
We've shown that we can perform this way, we've shown the type of spirit and energy we can bring to the game, the purpose. Now we got to build on it. ... We raised our level. We competed. We rose to the occasion, and now we move forward and hopefully it is a moment in time that helps us get to another level."
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