The duo both made their debuts for the team during the 103-102 pre-season win over the Boston Celtics last night.
The forward told ESPN: "Sometimes a stat doesn't show what a guy has in him. There's no stat for what's in his heart.
"First game and he wanted it bad. I'm pretty sure that you're going to see a lot of big shots like that for him."
Hardaway scored 16 points, with 10 coming in the fourth quarter.