James Harden’s 76ers debut: All-Star guard shows up in Game 1 against Timberwolves

James Harden’s debut with the Philadelphia 76ers did not disappoint.

It seemed like forever ago when the blockbuster trade deadline deal was done, with the 76ers sending All-Star guard Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets for Harden. and Paul Millsapp.

During his introductory press conference in Philadelphia, Harden mentioned it would be “time to go” after the All-Star break and he kept his end of the bargain, set to take the stand against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

His opener exceeded expectations, leading the 76ers to a resounding 133-102 win over the Timberwolves.

If you missed any of the action, we’ve got you covered with live updates, highlights and more from its debut.

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James Harden’s 76ers debut: Live stats, score, highlights vs. Timberwolves

Final: 76ers 133, Timberwolves 102

James Harden’s night ended with a packed stat sheet of 27 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in 35 minutes of play. The Beard was deadly, shooting 7 for 12 from the field, 5 for 7-3 points and 8 for 9 from the free throw line.

He was clicking with Joel Embiid, who continued his monster season with 34 points and 10 rebounds. He also elevated the game of Tyrese Maxey, who scored 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field.

Harden’s debut was a chilling sight for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

James Harden takes over this game. He buried another one and-a 3 (his second of the game), then knocked down another 3-pointer, then found Tyrese Maxey cutting for an easy layup to help the 76ers extend their lead to 27 points.

Harden is at 27 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds on the night.

End of third quarter: 76ers 92, Timberwolves 74

A late flurry from Anthony Edwards cut Philadelphia’s lead, but the 76ers are still in control. James Harden orchestrated the offense to perfection, totaling 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds in three quarters.

He found Joel Embiid running with him for his final assist.

James Harden has his step back to 3 balls tonight. Dangerous.

Halftime: 76ers 65, Timberwolves 49

James Harden has the 76ers ahead in the first half, having 17 points, five assists and three rebounds so far in his debut.

Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill likes what he’s seen so far.

Here’s the first James Harden-Joel Embiid connection you’ve probably been looking for.

James Harden has the offensive groove of the 76ers. He just pushed the pace on the fast break and found Tyrese Maxey running alongside him for an easy lay-up. Harden has nine points, three assists and three boards as Philadelphia leads the Timberwolves 47-36 with 6:28 left in the first half.

James Harden and Tobias Harris are starting to find a rhythm together. First, Harris found Harden fading into the corner for an open 3…

…then Harden returned the favor and kicked an open Harris to the perimeter for 3.

End of the first quarter: 76ers 34, Timberwolves 25

The 76ers fired on all cylinders at the start of the James Harden era. Harden had five points and an assist in the first quarter, but Joel Embiid continued his typical dominance. The MVP candidate has 10 points (8-8 FT) and six rebounds during the first frame.

James Harden uses his field vision to catch the sleeping Timberwolves defense, finding Tobias Harris for an open 3-pointer.

And James Harden is on set! His first bucket as a 76er is a tough finish and one in traffic. The 76ers lead 16-6 with 6:51 left in the first quarter.

Pregame

The 76ers will start James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid.

The Beard is in the building.

Get ready…it’s almost time.

76ers upcoming schedule

Dated Opponent Time (ET) National television
February 25 at Timberwolves 20:00
February 27 at Knicks 1:00 p.m. ABC
March 2 against the Knicks 7:30 p.m. ESPN
March 4 against Cavaliers 7:00 p.m.
March 5 in the heat 20:00

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