James Harden, Nets reverse stifling trend to rally for win over Pacers

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James Harden and the Nets person been stifled arsenic overmuch arsenic anyone this play by the NBA’s regularisation changes designed to telephone less fouls connected non-basketball moves.

But caput manager Steve Nash’s squad climbed backmost from its latest disfigured commencement Friday nighttime by getting to the free-throw enactment consistently for the archetypal clip each season. The Nets overcame a 16-point shortage successful the 2nd 4th to adjacent their grounds astatine 3-3 with a 105-98 comeback triumph implicit the Pacers astatine Barclays Center.

Harden sank 16 of 19 from the stripe and finished with a season-high 29 points (21 successful the archetypal half) and 8 assists. Kevin Durant netted 22 points with 11 rebounds and 7 assists successful 37 minutes for the Nets, who person alternated losses and wins implicit their archetypal six games.

The Nets exceeded their erstwhile season-high successful free-throw attempts (24) earlier the extremity of the 2nd 4th and went 31-for-41 from the enactment overall.

“The crippled is being called precise differently, I conjecture would beryllium a just mode to enactment it,” Nash said. “Which is fine, I don’t needfully person a gripe if it’s a league-wide thing, but you cognize usually the particulate settles with immoderate of these [changes].”

NetsJames Harden, 29 points, and the Nets rallied to bushed the Pacers connected Friday night. Corey Sipkin

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points to go the 48th subordinate successful NBA past to scope 20,000 points, portion Paul Millsap added 8 points successful 13 minutes for the Nets.

Torrey Craig poured successful 16 of his 28 successful the archetypal fractional and rookie Chris Duarte added 19 for the Pacers, who played without injured guards Malcolm Brogdon and erstwhile Net Caris LeVert.

“It’s a process for us. We suffer Kyrie [Irving] and arsenic guys are trying to enactment their mode into signifier and with 10 caller guys, it’s different,” Nash said. “There’s I deliberation a play of learning to play unneurotic and learning our champion way toward scoring the shot efficaciously and efficiently is simply a process, and it’s going to instrumentality america immoderate time.”

The sloppy Nets committed 5 turnovers successful the archetypal quarter, including 3 by Harden, and trailed 38-26 aft 1 period. The Pacers extended their pb to 46-30 aboriginal successful the 2nd 4th connected back-to-back violative put-backs by Craig, but Millsap and Harden sparked a 23-5 tally with 14 combined made escaped throws successful the quarter.

“I deliberation it’s got to beryllium hard for the officials, too, to alteration the mode they ref truthful extremely. And I deliberation usually it volition travel backmost to the middle,” Nash said. “I ever privation america to effort and onslaught the basket, get successful the paint. … Being diligent with attacking aboriginal and often and trying to marque the defence illness is thing that’s important to our violative success.”

The Pacers carried an aboriginal 16-7 rebounding borderline successful gathering their large lead, but the Nets finished beardown connected the boards (50-46 overall) to proceed their inclination of winning the conflict connected the solid successful each of the 3 games they’ve won this season.

DurantKevin Durant attacks the rim of the Nets against the Pacers.for the NY POST

Durant besides continues to log heavier minutes than past season, astir 36 per crippled aft averaging 33 past play successful his archetypal twelvemonth backmost from Achilles surgery.

“It’s hard not to usage Kevin Durant,” Nash said. “There’s the prime to usage him and, past there’s conscionable the information that the shot finds Kevin Durant due to the fact that he’s truthful hard to defend.

“So it’s not each america being, ‘Let’s spell to Kevin. Let’s spell to Kevin.’ Sometimes it’s conscionable that he’s conscionable that good, that helium inserts himself into the crippled adjacent without america pressing that fastener clip and clip again. So portion of it is conscionable however talented and supernatural helium is.”

Durant endured a uncommon infinitesimal of vexation successful the 3rd quarter, drafting a method foul for hurling the shot into the stands. But Durant knocked down 2 much escaped throws and a 20-foot jumper and Aldridge buried 4 shots from the extracurricular during a 17-7 spurt to adjacent the 3rd for an 85-74 Nets pb entering the last quarter.

The Pacers opened the 4th connected a 16-5 run, however, and drew adjacent connected consecutive drives by T.J. McConnell and a escaped propulsion by Domantas Sabonis midway done the period. But Harden dropped successful a baseline thrust and past added 2 much escaped throws with 4:33 remaining to trigger a 13-2 tally that sealed the triumph for the Nets.