When asked if the Nets star was the biggest threat to his team, Hawks coach Lloyd Pearce said he was afraid of them all. He feared Scary Hours.
The Big Three trailed the Nets to a 132–128 overtime win in Atlanta. And what Jeff Green and Bruce Brown did is not safe.
He said, ‘We finished it. There was just the right margin, enough baskets, enough hustle plays, enough leeway, just to get us in line, ”said coach Steve Nash. “It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way. We’ll take it.”
Kevin Durant had 32 points in the game. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and seven assists, while James Harden has looked more aggressive as he plays in better shape and more comfortably with his teammates.
Hardik – who said it would be a scary time after the Big Three were in sync – had 31 points, 15 assists and eight boards.
“Who is he? All we want is for him to come into this group and not think too much about fit in it, but just be him. We want him to move on and move on. ‘” We all realize That we still have a level to achieve individually and then collectively as a group. “
The Nets (12-8) are consistently leading at that level. He rallied from the 90–83 fourth quarter hole to win the seventh time in his final nine.
“enough [proud of] Our fight Obviously, throughout the game, there are runs you are able to withstand. We just want to be flexible, ”said Irving. “Just being a continuation to continue the storm throughout the game, no matter what is going on, making shots or not. I am definitely proud of it.
Trae Young had 28 points for the Hawks (9-9), but the Nets’ bench and team defense said that – both maliciously made enough plays to improve to 5–2 since acquiring Harden. It was the perfect way to start a rough stretch with 10 out of 13 on the road.
“It’s huge, especially when we’ve handled the business,” Green said. “The transfer from the previous game – like I talked about – was there. When things weren’t going our way, we showed flexibility and fought the whole game. But we showed character, and that’s what is going to come on the road for us. “
Joe Harris was held for the first time in 79 games without a 3-pointer. But he defended well, while Green and Brown supported the Big Three. Brown had 10 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Nets get back into the game.
Down 90–83 in the fourth after Danilo Gallinari 3, the Nets responded with a 9–0 run.
Harden makes free throws after a Timothe Luwavu-Cabrot 3 that cuts the deficit. Harden’s no-look pass gave Brown a pair of free throws to throw it, and he was able to beat it 92–90 to produce a poster of John Collins (21 points).
The rest of the regulation was tight, before Harden missed a step back in the final seconds at 3. Brown put the ball 0.3 seconds away from Collins to preserve overtime, where the Nets won it.
“We got stops when we needed a stop, especially in the fourth quarter with Bruce and Joe and Jeff and TLC. That unit did an incredible job of just being feudalistic, rebounding the ball, generating energy,” Harden said . “That was the turning point.”
After turning it on, the Nets never let it return. Erating put him on the first board with a stinging move at OT, and a Harris steal led to a Green Transform dunk and a 120–116 lead, who never surrendered.
Young pulled the Hawks within 122–121, but the Nets came back from four after Harden hit Green for 3. Green’s steal then sparked a Durant fast-break dunk and a 127-121 lead with 2:46 to play.
In 129–126, Durant’s business gave Atlanta a chance; But the Nets got a stop when they needed it. He forced a D’Andre Hunter (21 points) to miss a 3-pointer, and he caught the key rebound with the remainder of the half-minute.
Harden earned a trip to the line and left it with 4.6 seconds left.