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Harden Shines in Philly Home Debut With 26 Points Vs Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers' James Harden reacts after a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia 76ers' James Harden reacts after a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Philadelphia (AP) -- James Harden saw the fake beards dangling from chins, oversized cutouts of his head waving above outstretched arms and heard 76ers fans shouting from the stands that they loved him.

Harden knew from his first step on the court that his nearly 14-month, three-team journey — that he in large part orchestrated — brought him exactly where he wanted to play.