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James Harden’s dominant February with the Brooklyn Nets results in his first career Eastern Conference Player of the Month.

It only took James Harden one full month to assert his dominance in the Eastern Conference. The NBA announced on Tuesday that the Brooklyn Nets star was the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Month after posting per-game averages of 25.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 10.7 assists.

Harden posted shooting splits of .494/.429/.843 while leading the Nets to a 9-4 record. Even without Kevin Durant, Harden and Kyrie Irving have the Nets looking like the favorite to emerge from the East this year. So far, so good when it comes to the Harden trade.

This is exactly what the Nets were hoping for when they traded for former MVP and three-time scoring champion. For all the speculation about his wonky fit alongside Irving, they already have remarkable chemistry on the floor. Irving stepped aside to let Harden take over as the point guard and the duo has never looked back.

In addition to Harden’s accolade, Nets coach Steve Nash was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. This is the first time in his career that he wins this honor.

Brooklyn jumped up one spot in the standings in February and they are just one game behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the loss column.

The Nets are trending up even with Durant’s health a question mark. He’s played one game since Feb. 6 and will be out until after the All-Star break at the very least. Regardless, Harden and Irving appear capable of carrying the Nets until Durant is back.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.