Just another day in the office for James Harden, as he calmly dropped a monster 40-point triple double. The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Indiana Pacers 124-115 led by Harden’s historical effort. The Nets have been bitten by the injury bug of late, with Kyrie Irving missing tonight’s game with a groin injury and Kevin Durant still being weeks away from returning with a hamstring injury. Harden had to carry the load tonight for Brooklyn.
James Harden Leads The Nets In Clutch Time
The Nets held a two possession lead for most of the last two minutes. Luckily for the Nets, they have three of the best closers in the NBA. However, tonight was Harden’s night with Durant and Irving out. Harden sealed the deal against the Pacers by continuing to drive into the paint. Harden would play a guessing game with Indiana’s defense. He either took the floater down the lane or lobbed it up to Nicolas Claxton down the stretch. Harden took full command of the Nets offense down the stretch and it paid off with a win.
The Key To Success
Brooklyn was exceptional tonight on the glass. The Nets outrebounded the Pacers 50-34, with Harden leading the way in rebounds. This is incredibly impressive since the Nets are a very small team, while the Pacers start two big men. The rebounding was the biggest key to the win tonight, but there were other things the Nets did well. The offense was clicking on all cylinders, scoring 124 points tonight. The Nets were ultra aggressive tonight driving to the bucket. The Nets attempted 40 free throws, and only 27 threes. Brooklyn’s aggression tonight is a great sign for the future. Come playoff time when the game slows down, settling for threes won’t win games. Brooklyn will look to build upon this savvy win in the future.
The Nets of course were led tonight by James Harden, dropping 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists. Tyler Johnson played a great game off the bench adding 15 points of his own. The Nets received consistent production from Joe Harris scoring 19 points, and Jeff Green who had 15 points. Claxton and DeAndre Jordan split minutes at center tonight, with Claxton surprisingly getting the nod to finish the game. Claxton looked like the better player tonight, recording 11 points and 8 rebounds in just 23 minutes. Overall, this was a solid road win for the Nets who look to keep it rolling.