NEW YORK (AP) — One other used All-Star made his debut in Brooklyn, the build a pair of present All-Stars helped carry the Nets to 1 other victory.
Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and James Harden had 26 to steer the Nets to a 113-106 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Blake Griffin dunked for the first time since December 2019 in his Nets debut and Nicolas Claxton added 16 points, including two three-point performs down the stretch.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for Washington.
“We’re not allowed to carry shut someone flippantly. We don’t have the luxury of that,” Harden acknowledged. “We have gotten the mindset of 1 game at a time, one possession at a time, moral things will happen for us.”
After trailing by as many as 14 in the first half and 12 in the 2nd, Washington pulled to 103-102 on Westbrook’s driving layup with 3 minutes remaining.
Nonetheless, Claxton produced two dunks while being fouled off feeds from Irving over the final stretch as Brooklyn never relinquished the lead.
“It felt moral when Kyrie handed me the ball. I disclose I’ve bought to get frail to that. I’m frail to him shooting,” Claxton acknowledged. “Finishing is easy. My title was as soon as known as tonight and I was as soon as prepared to scamper.”
DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and Joe Harris added 10 for the Nets, who’ve obtained 15 of their closing 17 games.
Rui Hachimura had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards. Alex Len also had 20 points and Bradley Beal finished with 17.
“We had a probability to win but they made mountainous performs down the stretch,” Scott Brooks acknowledged. “That’s the come it goes.”
Griffin performed in his first game for the Nets since his buyout from the Pistons, checking in with 4: 37 left in the first quarter.
Brooklyn trailed by as many as 14 points in the opening quarter and was as soon as behind 30-25 after the first quarter. Harden opened the 2nd quarter by scoring the first nine points and the Nets never trailed again.
The Nets led 63-56 at halftime. The Wizards pulled within four on Len’s dunk with fair correct over 8 minutes left in the third quarter, but a 9-1 flee punctuated by Harden’s short jumper achieve the Nets up 82-70.
Griffin scored his handiest points of the game on a driving dunk to originate the final quarter because the Nets extended their advantage to 99-88.
“I knew as soon as it took space it was as soon as going to be a thing so I tried not to have a look at down at the bench,” Griffin acknowledged. “Nonetheless then I kind of peeked and saw all americans standing up, so it was as soon as exhausting not to smile in that advise. It felt moral to fair correct get that out of the come.”
In 15 minutes, Griffin also added two rebounds and a block.
“It was as soon as tall to be inspire in the market,” Griffin added. “I felt admire it was as soon as a moral begin, but I’ve bought some room to reinforce obviously.”
Wizards: No subject the loss, Washington took the season series 2-1, defeating the Nets 123-122 on Jan. 3 and 149-146 on Jan. 31. The Wizards also obtained closing 365 days’s series 2-1, the first time they’ve come out on prime in consecutive seasons since 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Nets: Since losing to Detroit on Feb. 9, the Nets have the ideal file in the NBA (15-2). … Griffin had not performed since Feb. 12, when he totaled 12 points, four rebounds and six assists in his final game with the Pistons in a 108-102 loss at Boston.
LAST MEN STANDING
Harris is the handiest member of the Nets to have performed in every of the personnel’s 43 games this season. He has also began basically the most (39). Robin Lopez, who scored 10 points, is the handiest Washington player to have a look at action in every of his personnel’s 41 games, handiest nine as a starter.
A whole of 16 Wizards have began a minimum of 1 game this season. Cassius Winston and Troy Brown Jr. have been the handiest active gamers on Sunday’s roster who’ve not began a game for the personnel. The Nets have frail 14 various starters this season, without a combination starting greater than four consecutive games together. Brooklyn has frail a league-excessive 21 starting lineups.
Wizards: Washington visits Unique York on Tuesday and Thursday.
Nets: Brooklyn visits Portland on Tuesday to begin a three-game avenue time out.