Nets overcome heat

(Agence France-Presse) - January 27, 2021 - 12:00am

Lakers Disarm Cavaliers

James Harden believes the best is yet to come after producing a late burst of scoring to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday.

Harden – who joined the Nets in a blockbuster trade from Houston earlier this month – produced a dazzling burst of fourth-quarter scoring as Brooklyn finally overpowered an under-strength Miami team.

The 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player poured on 16 of his 20 points in the final period to lead the Brooklyn scoring alongside Kevin Durant, who also had 20.

Harden and Durant’s contributions in the fourth quarter proved decisive, with the duo making a succession of three-pointers as Brooklyn reeled off 15 unanswered points.

Kyrie Irving had 16 points, while Joe Harris finished with 12 and DeAndre Jordan 11. The victory improved the Nets’ season record to 11-8 in the Eastern Conference.

But it was Harden who caught the eye with his game-changing late cameo that swung the contest in Brooklyn’s favor.

“I was in a role for eight years (in Houston) where I was controlling the ball, dominating the ball,” Harden said.

“Now it’s a different experience for me but it’s still great. It’s still basketball at the end of the day. It’s fun. Once we get a rhythm and flow it will be a lot easier for us,” he added.

Nets coach Steve Nash showered praise on Brooklyn’s star new recruit.

“He was great,” Nash said of Harden. “We’re starting to see a glimpse of the things he can do scoring the ball.

Elsewhere on Monday, LeBron James conjured another virtuoso performance for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 115-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Ohio.

James finished with 46 points, eight rebounds and six assists to subdue his former club.

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