James Harden made a concerted effort to “get downhill” Saturday night, but that’s exactly where the end result headed against the Bulls due to his latest subpar shooting night.
Harden matched his season-high with 14 assists in the Nets’ 111-107 loss at Barclays Center, but the nine-time All-Star connected on just five of 21 shot attempts from the floor for a season-worst 23.8 percent field-goal percentage.
On a night the Nets outworked the Bulls on the boards with a 54-47 rebounding edge, dominated in second-chance points (23-4) and committed only five turnovers as a team, Harden absorbed a “blame this one on me” approach in his postgame press conference.
“We just had a lot of opportunities at the rim that we just didn’t convert that would have made the game a lot easier for us,” Harden said after Saturday’s game. “We definitely built something this game."