Joe Harris took center stage and ruled the court in the midst of star studded players as the Brooklyn Nets run out victorious against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center last night.
The match up did not have the full house of star players representing both sides but was certainly not devoid of quality players.
In the absence of the injured Anthony Davis, LeBron James, who will lead the western conference in the 2021 All-Star game, took the sole responsibility to lead the Lakers against the Nets who did not have Durant but did have James Harden and the returning Kyrie Irving.
But it was Joe Harris who ruled the court as he powered the Nets to a 98-109 victory. Harris dropped 21 points and secured 5 rebounds and 1 assist. The Nets player is now 15.1 PPG 53.4 FG% 50.7 3P% into the season and is on course to become the first player in NBA history to shoot 50+ FG% and 50+ 3P% in a season (min 5 3PA per game).
His performance on the night saw him receive plaudits from several NBA pundits and fans including former NBA player, Kendrick Perkins, who tweeted: “Couldn’t have told me that Lebron James, James Harden and Kyrie Irving all on one court and I would be saying that JOE HARRIS was the Player Of The Game!!! Just saying tho…”
Couldn’t have told me that Lebron James, James Harden and Kyrie Irving all on one court and I would be saying that JOE HARRIS was the Player Of The Game!!! Just saying tho…Advertisement
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 19, 2021
Harris’ 21 points for the Nets was only bettered by James Harden who recorded his 11th straight double double for the Brooklyn Nets, securing 23 points, 11 assists and 5 rebounds.
For the Lakers, LeBron James had to do it all as he dropped 32 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. His total points tally saw him reach a new milestone as he became the third player in league history to reach 35,000 points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
NBA results (Thursday, 18th February, 2021)
The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets was among just three match ups that were played on Thursday night. Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat secured victories in their respective games.
Bucks 96-110 Raptors
Kings 110-118 Heat
Lakers 98-109 Nets