NBA regular season

Hot Harden, Durant star as Nets hammer Magic

Hot Harden, Durant star as Nets hammer Magic

POWER PAIR. Nets stars James Harden (left) and Kevin Durant talk during the second half of their game against the Magic.

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Kevin Durant shoots nearly perfect from the floor as James Harden delivers a triple-double in the Nets’ commanding win over the Magic

James Harden recorded a triple-double, and Kevin Durant continued his torrid scoring pace with 30 points, as the Brooklyn Nets cruised to a 123-90 victory over the host Orlando Magic on Wednesday, November 10 (Thursday, November 11, Manila time).

Harden finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists to help Brooklyn win for the third time on its current six-game road trip. 

Durant, who entered Wednesday averaging a league-best 29.5 points per game, was nearly perfect from the floor by making 11-of-12 field goals, 6-of-7 free throws, and both of his three-point attempts.

Durant has started the season with 12 consecutive games of 20 or more points, a franchise record as well as a personal best.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Brooklyn’s bench with 21 points and 8 rebounds, while DeAndre’ Bembry had 11 points, and Jevon Carter contributed 10 points and 5 assists. 

Brooklyn starter Joe Harris finished with 9 points, including knocking down three three-pointers.

The Nets led 94-75 after three quarters before outscoring Orlando 29-15 in the final period. Brooklyn shot 51% from the floor (46-for-91) and 43% from three-point range (16-for-37).

Orlando’s Cole Anthony came in averaging 20.2 points per game, but he went 0-for-5 from three-point range and was limited to 10 points. Anthony, the third-youngest player in Magic history (behind Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard) to post his third 30-point game, also grabbed 8 rebounds and had 3 steals.

The Magic lost Wendell Carter Jr. to a left eye abrasion suffered in the third quarter. Carter Jr. finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds in 18 minutes as his streak of four straight double-doubles ended.

Terrence Ross scored a team-high 17 points off the bench for Orlando, which went 4-for-33 from beyond the arc. Mo Bamba contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds and Franz Wagner chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals.

Orlando allowed just 97.8 points per game over its previous four outings, but the Nets built a 65-53 halftime lead as Aldridge had three triples and 13 points during Brooklyn’s 37-point second quarter. –