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Nets beat Heat 98-85 with help from Harden and Durant

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Globe Live Media, Monday, January 25, 2021

James Harden and Kevin Durant added 20 points each despite failing to excel in the first three quarters, and the Brooklyn Nets pulled away on the scoreboard with strong offense in the fourth to beat 98- 85 to the Miami Heat on Monday.

Kyrie Irving added 16 points for the Nets, who swept the Heat in two games that couldn’t have been more different. Brooklyn won 128-124 on Saturday, then got a rematch despite the fact that the points he scored just barely surpassed his game with the fewest touchdowns of the season.

Harden had just 10 points and four shots in the first three periods, then had 10 more on the 18-2 offense that led the Nets to 96-80. Durant made just 4 shots on 17 attempts in the first three quarters, then hit two 3-pointers in the last, the second of which unlocked a tie at 78 and sparked the big offense.


Bam Adebayo had 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists in a solid performance after Saturday’s game, in which he posted a career-high 41 points. But beyond Goran Dragic’s 21 units, there was little else to show for a decimated Heat that lacks Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley due to health and safety protocols. Tyler Herro, Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless are injured.

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