Brooklyn nets seventh straight win

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    REBOUND BATTLE: Nets star James Harden grabs a carom off Kings forward Marvin Bagley III in second half play. REUTERS PHOTO

    JAMES Harden posted another triple-double as the Brooklyn Nets finished strong down the stretch and extended their winning streak to seven with a 127-118 victory over the skidding Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) in New York.

    Harden finished with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for his sixth triple-double as a Net.

    The Nets played in front of 300 fans, marking their first home game in front of spectators since March 8, 2020, and they cheered on as Brooklyn finished the game on a 17-9 run over the final seven minutes.

    Harden was named as a reserve to the All-Star Game before tipoff. He made 9 of 22 shots and hit five 3-pointers as the Nets again played without Kevin Durant (strained hamstring).

    Bruce Brown added a career-high 29 points on 11 of 13 from the field. He scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter and scored eight straight to push Brooklyn’s lead to 124-110 on a deep 3-pointer with 3:05 remaining.

    Kyrie Irving added 21 points, including a left-handed finger roll that gave Brooklyn a 116-109 lead with 4:40 remaining after Sacramento got within one point on a 3-pointer by De’Aaron Fox. Joe Harris contributed 18 as the Nets shot 49.4 percent from the field and hit 17 3-pointers.

    In other games, it was the Mavericks 110, Celtics 107; Sixers 109, Raptors 102; Cavs 112, Hawks 111; Warriors 114, Knicks 106; Pistons 105, Magic 93; Bucks 139, Wolves 112; Clippers 135, Wizards 116; and Nuggets 111, Blazers 106.

    Mavs 110, Celtics 107

    Luka Doncic drained a 3-pointer to snap a tie with seven-tenths of a second remaining in the fourth quarter, lifting the host Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Boston Celtics.

    After making a 3-pointer to stake Dallas to a 107-105 lead with 15.8 seconds left, Doncic provided the fireworks following Jaylen Brown’s tying layup. Doncic calmly sank a high-arching attempt for the eventual winning shot. – Field Level Media