LOS ANGELES (AFP) — James Harden returned to Houston for the first time since his tumultuous departure from the Rockets on Wednesday, posting a triple-double to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 132-114 victory over his former NBA team.
Harden, greeted by a first-quarter video tribute, cheers, and a smattering of boos, delivered 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists to fuel Brooklyn, where he finally landed in January after demanding a trade.
“A lot of mixed emotions,” Harden said of returning to the Toyota Center court.
“My teammates did an unbelievable job that allowed me to come out there and have the team get this win,” said Harden, who was one of seven Nets players to score in double figures.
He was grateful for the tribute video that showcased his accomplishments in Houston, including the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player award and the league scoring title the past three seasons.
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