Harden's "perfect game" helps Sixers beat Nets in Round 1.

James Harden entered the playoffs with the Philadelphia 76ers a year ago having played 21 games with his new team

At the time, he was still adjusting to a new environment after getting here via a blockbuster deal in the middle of the regular season.

Harden and the 76ers opened up this year's playoffs against Harden's old team, the Brooklyn Nets, on Saturday afternoon, and he couldn't have looked more comfortable.

He finished with 23 points and 13 assists in 36 minutes in what became a 121-101 Philadelphia win to begin what the 76ers hope will be an extended run through this year's playoffs.

"I thought that was one of his best games as a 'catcher,'" 76ers head coach Doc Rivers remarked following the game.

"I thought he called a flawless game," you might say.After the midseason trades in February that sent Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Phoenix and Dallas,

Respectively, the Nets are at a significant talent disadvantage in this series. They have made it clear that their game plan is to do whatever they can to keep the ball out of Joel Embiid's hands,

force Philadelphia's other players to make plays -- and, more specifically, make shots.