By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — James Harden and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points Friday night to help Brooklyn roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder 147-125, as the Nets rested Kevin Durant.
Nets coach Steve Nash said he was protecting Durant, the league’s No. 2 scorer. Brooklyn made the move work — the team shot 57% from the field and scored a season-high point total. Nine Brooklyn players scored in double figures.
“It’s huge for us, man,” said Bruce Brown, a guard who stepped into Brooklyn’s starting lineup and scored 19 points said. “It was fun to be out there. We were laughing, playing hard, joking around. We were loose. We had fun. Everybody got in, so that was cool.”
Harden finished with a triple-double — he also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds. It was his third triple-double since joining the Nets two weeks ago. He said the process of working with Irving is coming along.
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