Bird Watching

Harden equalizes Bird with 59 triple doubles as Nets rout Detroit

NEW YORK (AP) – James Harden had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to propel the Brooklyn Nets to a 117-91 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

Harden is Brooklyn’s all-time leader with 13 triple doubles and joined Larry Bird for second on the NBA’s all-time list with 59.

And he had some help as Kevin Durant scored 23 points before being ejected in the third quarter. Durant became the third player in NBA history for the Nets to score at least 20 points in the team’s first seven games to start a season. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 on the bench. De’Andre Bembry contributed 15, and Joe Harris finished with 12.

While Brooklyn improved to 4-3 with their second straight win, Detroit fell to 1-5 with the loss.

Cory Joseph led the Pistons with 13 points. Josh Jackson contributed with 12 and Jerami Grant had 11.

After Josh Jackson knocked down a pull-up jumper to tie the game at 32 in the second quarter, the Nets outscored the Pistons 32-17 in the final at 10:40 to enter halftime with an advantage of 64-49.

The Nets didn’t give up in the second half as they extended their lead to 30. Brooklyn’s dominance was encapsulated by Bembry’s alley-oop jam on a Harden feed with 4.5 seconds. to play in third. The crowd at Barclays Center lifted off as Bembry clung to the rim and Harden bounced off the pitch in celebration.

It wasn’t a fully transparent night for the Nets, as Durant was ejected with 3:23 left in the third quarter after being assessed for a blatant foul 2 against Kelly Olynyk. The Detroit center and Brooklyn forward tangled as Olynyk set up a screen, and Durant threw a forearm and then pushed Olynyk onto the pitch after a whistle blast.

The incident was Durant’s second in as many games. He had been given a technique in Brooklyn’s 105-98 win over the Pacers on Friday night for throwing the ball into the stands after a foul was called.

Brooklyn finished the game after taking 65.3% of their shots from the field (47-for-72), 52% of 3 (13-for-25), as well as Detroit 41-29 and enjoying a 30 -21. advantage in assists. The Nets also led the Pistons in paint, 42-30.


Pistons: Detroit is young. Detroit is rebuilding itself. Detroit learns about life in the NBA. All of this means that a big part of Head Coach Dwane Casey’s job is to monitor the emotional state of his team. “They’re somewhere in between their growing process,” Casey said before the game. “So what you need to have is patience and that’s what we have. We’re on the long run. We understand where we are. Are in our process. We’re not going to skip letters. the alphabet just to try and win tonight’s game. So that’s where we are. We know what we are and I’ve been there before, so I know there’s no Magic wand.


Pistons: Welcomes defending champion Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

Nets: Concludes the six-game homestead by hosting Atlanta on Wednesday night.


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