‘The Beard’ put up 27 points, eight rebounds, and 12 assists in a perfectly balanced performance, with Joel Embiid praising him after the game: “I’ve never really been this wide-open in my life, seriously, the passes, I wasn’t even expecting it and it was just coming.”
Here’s how NBA Twitter reacted to James Harden’s debut with the Sixers.
James Harden has tied Ben Simmons on the Sixers all-time three-pointers made list.
— Adam Aaronson (@SixersAdam) February 26, 2022
James Harden put up: 27-12-8
Joel Embiid put up: 34 & 10
Sixers won by 31
League done messed up letting these two team up…
— BGN (@BGN_5) February 26, 2022
It's one game, against a tailor-made opponent, but this has been about as good of a start for the Joel Embiid-James Harden era in Philadelphia as the 76ers could've possibly hoped for.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 26, 2022
James Harden has completed 2 4 point plays tonight. It would take Ben Simmons 16 free throws just to reach those 8 points 😂
— Andrew Salciunas (@asalciunas975) February 26, 2022
James Harden you are cordially invited to Passover dinner at my parents’ house
— Amy, but very pregnant (@amy_shee) February 26, 2022
James Harden is on his best behavior in his Philly debut. Efficient, unselfish, only 1 turnover. Sixers appear energized by his presence. Embiid said pregame James is nothing like the stories about him. Wrong, Joel. Can't trust him when it really counts. Fool's gold tonight.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 26, 2022
Joel Embiid and James Harden are going to be a historically great duo.
— 𝐇 𝐨 𝐨 𝐩 𝐕 𝐞 𝐧 𝐮 𝐞 (@KGsGOAT) February 26, 2022
It's a shame James Harden is washed
— Matt (@Sixers_Matt) February 26, 2022
It’s so funny that every defender can probably see James Harden’s step back coming but they can’t do anything to stop it 😂
— dean 🦂 (@DeanScorpion_) February 26, 2022
I spent YEARS begging Ben Simmons to shoot. And now James Harden just does it
— Charxey (@SnowmanEmbiid) February 26, 2022
The Sixers were +11 in the final 2:04 of the half without Joel Embiid.
Related: James Harden played those minutes.
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) February 26, 2022
James Harden and Joel Embiid attempted a combined 48 free throws in the first half.
Yes, you read that right.
— Guru (@DrGuru_) February 26, 2022
This is not the James Harden I watched this year
— Eurost3pgod (@eurost3pgod2) February 26, 2022