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Former ASU star James Harden and 76ers sweep Nets

James Harden, who starred in his two seasons at ASU, looks to help the 76ers make a deep playoff run. © Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Former ASU star James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers are moving on to the second round of the NBA playoffs after winning Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 and sweeping the Round 1 series. 

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Harden had an up and down series with a banged up roster, including no likely MVP winner Joel Embiid in Game 4. Harden only shot 4-of-18 in Game 4 for 17 points, but contributed 11 assists and eight rebounds, stuffing the stat sheet per usual.

He had 23 points, 13 assists and four rebounds in Game 1; eight points, seven assists and five rebounds in Game 2; and 21 points, five rebounds and four assists in Game 3. He may need to do a lot more next series with Joel Embiid’s status up in the air moving forward. 

In the regular season, Harden averaged a league-leading 10.7 assists per game to go along with 21 points and 6.1 rebounds. He became the first player to win three scoring titles and two assist titles in NBA history.

After playing two seasons at ASU from 2007-2009 and averaging 19 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists, Harden was drafted third overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. Since enter the league, Harden has never missed the playoffs in his 14-year NBA career. He has yet to win an NBA championship, but will try to help his team reach the promise land this season.

The 76ers will face the winner of the Celtics vs. Hawks series, which the Celtics currently lead 2-1. Harden is the only ASU player left in the NBA playoffs after Lu Dort and the Thunder lost in the play-in round.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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