Brooklyn Nets are on a roll, and Durant points to star Harden
Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin heaped praise on James Harden following Sunday's win.
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant hailed James Harden after his "special" performance in the 116-103 win over the Toronto Raptors.
"Special" Harden has Nets firing
Harden flirted with a triple-double, posting 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the Nets celebrated their fifth consecutive victory on Sunday.
Former NBA MVP Harden scored 16 of his points in the fourth quarter to lead the championship-chasing Nets (7-3) past the Raptors (6-5) in Toronto.
"James was special there in the fourth," Durant said post-game.
Brooklyn's Blake Griffin – who put up 14 points and 11 rebounds – added: "When he's at that level, he makes us go. We, as a team, can go to a different level."
"I thought in the first half, he didn't give himself enough credit. I thought he had opportunities to attack more. I tried to implore him to go and to be aggressive. In the second half, he was excellent," said Nets head coach Steve Nash.
"This game, the Atlanta game and games he gets to the paint, he can really cause a lot of problems for the defence."
Durant had 20 points for the 10th successive game, extending his career-best streak to begin a season and Brooklyn's record for 20-point games at the start of a campaign.
He finished with 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, making three of his six three-pointers.
"Like we said since day one, he's been unbelievable this season at both ends of the floor, rebounding, scoring, facilitating" Nash said.