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Harden Triple-Doubles in Nets Debut, Beats Magic

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James Harden debuted for the Brooklyn Nets with a 32-point triple-double as they topple Orlando Magic, 122-115, in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Harden, who arrived at Nets in a blockbuster trade with Houston Rockets, finished with 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds while also four steals and a block but has committed nine turnovers.

Kevin Durant also had a solid outing as he finished with 42 points, including five triples, Joe Harris contributed 17 markers, while Jeff Green ended up with 10 markers as the Nets rises to 8-6.

Despite having Durant and Harden teaming up for the first time since 2012, the Nets struggled to put away the Magic in the early goings of the game until they created separation at the onset of the fourth period.

A triple and a two-pointer each from Durant and Harden to kick off the final quarter surged the Nets ahead 96-88. The Magic rallied to within 98-96 but inside hits by Durant and a triple by Harris increased Brooklyn’s lead to 105-98.

Orlando cut into Brooklyn’s deficit anew at 104-107 but a triple by Durant, four free throws by Harden and a triple by Bruce Brown widened the advantage again at 117-107 with over a minute left.

Nikola Vucevic finished the match with 34 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while Terrence Ross added 23 markers as the Magic continued with its slump for a 6-7 slate.

BOX SCORE:

BROOKLYN 122 – Durant 42, Harden 32, Harris 17, Green 10, Brown 7, Shamet 5, Perry 4, Luwawu-Cabarrot 3, Jordan 2.

ORLANDO 115 – Vucevic 34, Ross 23, Anthony 16, Gordon 11, Bacon 10, Birch 9, Ennis 2, Bone 0.

Quarterscores: 29-26, 52-50, 84-83, 122-115.