NBA: James Harden blast of late

NBA: James Harden blast of late

The Brooklyn Nets have won the Toronto Raptors for the fifth time in a row. The first success in Canada since February 2015, James Harden late Melt and Brooklyn teamed up with Kevin Durant to hit 116–103.

Toronto Raptors (6-5) – Brooklyn Nets (7-3) 103:116 (boxscore)

Harden finished the game with 28 points (10/20 FG), 10 rebounds and 8 assists, 16 of which came in the final 5:35 minutes of the game. Before that, the All-Stars had never run together again, seven attempts from afar before the 32-year-old completely warmed up in the final stages as everyone clapped on the ring.

The first three quarters were primarily Kevin Durant who had guests in the game. The 2014 MVP delivered a skillful 31 points (11/19 FG), 7 rebounds and 7 assists to finally enjoy the Harden show. At the break, the guests were 60:53 behind, before KD took over. Backed by a good Blake Griffin (14, 11 rebounds), the Nets put down a 16:4 after the change and took the lead again, which they did not give up until the end.

Toronto never broke completely, only when Harden posted 10 counters in under two minutes and set it to 111:96, the mass read. As a team, the Nets hit 52 percent of the ground, with six players scoring two points. Especially from afar it went, thanks to the support of role players like Harris (11, 3/7 threesome) and Patty Mills (13, 3/6 3FG), 45 percent of the city of Brooklyn sank.

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