Short-handed Nets beat Blazers as James Harden dishes out 17 assists

When the Nets say next man up, they mean it. With no Kyrie Irving (personal) or Kevin Durant (hamstring), the Nets defeated Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the Portland Trail Blazers, 116-112, on Tuesday night. It was their 16th win in 18 games, and a show of resolve from a shorthanded Brooklyn squad that took down the West’s sixth seed without two of their best players. James Harden scored 25 points and set a new season high with 17 assists. He shot just 7-of-24 from the field but got to the line 13 times and made 11 free throws. More importantly, Harden’s playmaking ability helped the Nets t…

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