From one Philadelphia superstar to another.
Allen Iverson sent a message to James Harden before the Philadelphia Sixers hosted the New York Knicks at home on Wednesday. Harden, who played his first home game as a Sixer, has Iverson’s full support as the former looks to help the Sixers end their 39-year title drought.
Harden did not disappoint.
Harden put on a show in his home debut after putting up a near triple-double of 26 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. His new partner in crime and MVP candidate Joel Embiid had himself a game as well, scoring 27 points along with 12 rebounds and two blocks.
The Sixers trailed the Knicks early but found a way to stay in the game and eventually won it thanks to their determination down the stretch.
This is the Sixers’ third straight win since acquiring Harden, and they now find themselves in third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of (38-23).
Aside from their four-game winning streak, Embiid and Harden are slowly becoming the most dangerous duo in the NBA. According to PBP Stats, the Sixers are scoring 124.2 points per 100 possessions. While Wednesday’s game against the Knicks wasn’t their overall best performance, the Sixers displayed how scary they can get, especially when the team is clocking.
Iverson loves this for Philly.
Iverson may have retired in 2013, but his heart and support are still with the Sixers. The Sixers legend once said in 2018 that he feels this era of Sixers basketball is more potent than the one he played in 2001.
“Those boys are winning now; I’ll tell you that. Those boys are winning, those boys are building something, and those boys are CRAZY crazy talented. More talented than we were in ’01, and those teams? Yeah — yeah, you know what, I’d say so.…. It’s a moment in Philly now, for sure. And I’m loving every moment of being a part of it,” Iverson said as published in The Players Tribune.
Three years later comes Harden, who seems to be a great fit alongside Embiid already. The main goal for these two superstars is to dominate the Playoffs — something both have yet to do consistently throughout their careers.
Hopefully, for Sixers fans, these two hungry superstars will finally end the drought in Philly and do something Iverson has never done during his tenure — win a championship ring for the city of Philadelphia.