James Harden forced his way out of Houston without bringing the Rockets an NBA title. Now that he's in Brooklyn, the Rockets hope the huge haul of draft picks they received in the trade will allow them to chase championships in the future. Houston dealt Harden to the Nets last week, a day after he said the Rockets weren't ''good enough,'' in a four-team trade that also involved Cleveland and Indiana.
James Harden and Kevin Durant needed a little while to remember how to play together again. Once they did, the Brooklyn Nets really got rolling - and they might still get to another gear when Kyrie Irving rejoins them. Harden delivered 32 points and a triple-double in his Brooklyn debut, Durant scored a season-high 42 points in his first game back with his former teammate, and the Nets showed off their potent potential in a 122-115 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Milwaukee Bucks (9-4, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (8-6, fifth in the Eastern Conference) Brooklyn; Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Brooklyn hosts the Milwaukee Bucks after Kevin Durant scored 42 points in the Nets' 122-115 victory against the Magic. Brooklyn finished 35-37 overall and 20-16 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Nets averaged 14.8 points off of turnovers, 13.6 second chance points and 36.7 bench points last season. Milwaukee finished 56-17 overall and 37-7 in Eastern Conference games during the 2019-20 season. The Bucks averaged 118.7 points per game last season, 18.3 on free throws and 41.4 from beyond the arc. The teams meet Monday for the first time this season. INJURIES: Nets: Nicolas Claxton: out (right knee), Spencer Dinwiddie: out for season (acl), Kyrie Irving: day to day (health and safety protocols). Bucks: None listed. ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press