Without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets erased a 24-point deficit to take down the Phoenix Suns 128-124 on Tuesday night. The Nets never even led the game until James Harden nailed what would serve as a game-winning three with 29.8 seconds remaining.
JAMES HARDEN TAKES THE LEAD. pic.twitter.com/zqE0z3EcuS
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 17, 2021
The Nets trailed by 21 points at halftime, making this their biggest comeback from a halftime deficit in franchise history.
The @BrooklynNets trailed by 21 at halftime tonight before rallying to win.
That's the largest halftime deficit overcome to win in franchise history.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) February 17, 2021
Brooklyn outscored Phoenix 40-24 in the fourth quarter. The Suns led 124-116 after Chris Paul made a three with 2:48 remaining, and they never scored again.
The Suns had a 97.4% chance of winning in the middle of the third.
They held the lead for 47 minutes!!
But the Nets pulled off the comeback with 31 seconds left😳 pic.twitter.com/RAaSib2J4S
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 17, 2021
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) February 17, 2021
Harden was terrific, scoring a game-high 38 points — on 14-of-22 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 at the charity stripe — and dishing out a game-high 11 assists.
The Nets don’t win this game without the Jan. 13 blockbuster trade that sent Harden from the Houston Rockets to Brooklyn. It’s scary to think how good this team could be once Harden, Durant, and Irving are all on the court consistently and get more comfortable playing with each other.