Kevin Durant – Nets pull out of win over Magic
James Harden scored 13 of his 36 points in the third quarter and the Brooklyn Nets survived some shaky moments in the fourth inning before a 115-113 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night in New York.
The Nets won for the tenth time in 12 games, and star Kevin Durant survived missing his first game of the season. Durant sat down with a right shoulder injury on November 8 in a 118-95 loss to the host Chicago Bulls.
Harden only hit 7 of 25 from the ground but added 10 rebounds and eight assists. Patty Mills of Brooklyn scored 22 points while James Johnson contributed 17 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge broke 11 of 15 in the fourth net, shooting 45.1 percent from the ground. Brooklyn was also without Joe Harris (a left ankle sprain), and Bruce Brown came off with a hamstring injury in the second half.
Rookie Jalen Suggs scored 17 points out of 21 in the first quarter from 41 points in Orlando. Chuma Okeke and rookie Franz Wagner added 17 points each, while Cole Anthony added 16 points and Terence Ross added 15 in favor of Orlando, who scored 44.9 percent.
Harden helped overcome a 19-point deficit and take complete control of the third quarter to turn a first-half 62-53 deficit into a 90-83 lead to enter the fourth. Brooklyn outperformed Orlando 37-21 in the third quarter, when he made 13 of 19 shots.
Despite dominating the third, the Nets struggled to finish it until the last seconds.
Anthony put in a 15-foot footer for Orlando 101-99 with 6:44 remaining, and was 104-104 after a 3-pointer for Wagner with 5:11 left. After Aldridge blocked Anthony’s shot near the edge, Harden fired two free throws with 4:21 left to give the Nets a forever lead at 106-104.
Orlando was 110-109 from a corner kick by Anthony with 35.1 seconds left, but Aldridge fired 6-foot through traffic 17 seconds into the game to make it a three-point game. The score was 114-112 after Suggs took a corner kick with seven seconds left, and Harden split a pair at the line 4.8 seconds left.
Anthony made a free throw 3.2 seconds before the end of the game, but the nets got the ball after Anthony missed the second, and they dribbled around the clock.
–Field Media Level