The Nets have been enjoying with out two of their three major stars, however Harden was greater than up for the problem in opposition to the Suns. Kevin Durant was out with a hamstring damage whereas Kyrie Irving was held out with decrease again tightness.
Harden’s 3-pointer from just a few toes past the arc with 31 seconds left gave the Nets their first lead of the sport at 126-124 and he hit two extra free throws with 11.3 seconds remaining to shine off the win. The Suns didn’t rating over the ultimate 2:48 of the sport.
Brooklyn gained its fourth straight sport in a triumphant return to Phoenix for coach Steve Nash. The Suns had their six-game successful streak snapped.
Chris Paul scored 29 factors, together with 17 within the fourth quarter, but it surely wasn’t sufficient for the Suns. Devin Booker added 22.
Phoenix jumped out a 33-22 lead within the first quarter after capturing 56.5% from the sector. The Suns have been even higher within the second, pouring in 42 factors to seize a 75-54 halftime lead.
Brooklyn sliced Phoenix’s result in 100-88 by the tip of the third quarter. The Nets would pull inside 108-106 halfway by way of the fourth after a nook 3-pointer from Tyler Johnson however the Suns responded with a dunk from Deandre Ayton and a 3 from Mikal Bridges and it regarded like they might regain management.
However the Nets had another run. Harden sliced by way of the Suns’ protection to drag Brooklyn inside 124-121 with 1:39 left. Jeff Inexperienced’s layup with 59 seconds made it 124-123. That arrange Harden’s decisive 3-pointer on the following possession.
Nets: Johnson bought his first begin of the season in Irving’s place. The 28-year-old Johnson spent the primary half of final season with the Suns earlier than being launched in February. Johnson completed with 17 factors in 32 minutes.
Suns: Phoenix had a full roster for a second sport in a row. The logjam in enjoying time was one cause the Suns despatched rookie ahead Jalen Smith to the G League on Monday. The No. 10 total select of Maryland had performed in eight video games and was averaging 1.8 factors and 1.3 rebounds. … The Suns have been in a position to host a season-high 3,000 followers for Tuesday’s sport. Phoenix began the season with no followers on the area earlier than permitting 1,500 per sport in the beginning of the present seven-game homestand. … Booker bought a technical foul within the first quarter for arguing with officers from the bench.
WELCOME BACK, STEVE
Nash bought a giant cheer throughout introductions and one fan shouted “We love Steve Nash!” simply earlier than the singing began within the nationwide anthem.
The purpose guard had the very best years of his profession with the Suns and was a two-time league MVP. Phoenix hasn’t been to the playoffs since he left in 2012.
“This place means lots to me, clearly,” Nash stated. “Had some unimaginable years right here, unimaginable groups, teammates, coaches, the group was top quality. And the followers right here have been improbable. Lived right here for 10 years and liked each minute of it.”
Nets: Journey to face the L.A. Lakers on Thursday.
Suns: Journey to face New Orleans on Friday.