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PHOENIX – James Harden enjoyed the chance to share the goal load when he joined the all-star Brooklyn Nets earlier this season

But with his All-Star buddies clapping in formal attire from the bench, Harden has shown he can still complete a score and provide plenty of fourth quarter heroics if needed.

Harden scored 38 points, Joe Harris added 22, and the Nets overcame a 24-point deficit to knock out the Phoenix Suns 128-124 on Tuesday night

While Harden was the undeniable star of the Nets, his teammates also provided many good times.The bench added 40 points and Harris scored 15 in the second half

“That’s the real definition of a team,” said Harden “One or two guys go down, the next man”

The Nets were playing without two of their three main stars, but Harden was more than up to the challenge Kevin Durant had a hamstring injury while Kyrie Irving was strained with his lower back

Harden’s 3-point pointer a few yards beyond the arc with 31 seconds left gave the Nets their first lead of the game at 126-124 and he made two more free throws with 113 seconds remaining to polish the victory Harden shot 14 of 22 from the field and added 11 assists and seven rebounds

“All the vibes in (the locker room) right now,” said Nets coach Steve Nash “The guys are rightly excited, it’s great for morale. Kevin and Kyrie are missing and they find a way to fill a 24-point deficit They showed a lot of heart”

Brooklyn won its fourth straight game in a triumphant return to Phoenix for Nash The Suns lost their six-game winning streak

Chris Paul scored 29 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough for the Suns Devin Booker added 22

Phoenix took a 33-22 lead in the first quarter after shooting 565% from the field The Suns were even better in the second, amassing 42 points to take a 75-54 halftime lead

But the Nets were on the cusp of their biggest halftime comeback since joining the NBA in 1976

Brooklyn reduced Phoenix’s lead to 100-88 at the end of the third quarter Suns coach Monty Williams said that was the moment his team lost momentum

“I thought the first four, five, six minutes of the third quarter our attack was in the mud,” said Williams “The ball’s movement wasn’t there The urgency just wasn’t there not there and we gave a team life “

The Nets would come close to 108-106 halfway through the fourth after a 3 point turn from Tyler Johnson, but the Suns responded with a dunk from Deandre Ayton and a 3 from Mikal Bridges and it looked like they would regain control

But the Nets still had a run Harden sliced ​​through the Suns’ defense to bring Brooklyn back to 124-121 with 1:39 left Jeff Green’s layup with 59 seconds made it 124-123 This set up the 3 Harden’s decisive points on the next possession

Nets: Johnson got his first season start in place of Irving Johnson, 28, spent the first half of last season with the Suns before being released in February Johnson finished with 17 points in 32 minutes

Suns: Phoenix had a full roster for second straight game Blocking playing time was one of the reasons the Suns sent rookie forward Jalen Smith to the G League on Monday Maryland’s no.10 overall pick had appeared in eight games and averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds.The Suns were able to welcome 3,000 fans, a season high, for Tuesday’s game Phoenix started the season without any fans in arena before awarding 1,500 per game at the start of the current seven-game homestand Booker committed a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing with bench officials

Nash was greeted very well during the presentations and one fan shouted “We love Steve Nash!” just before the start of the song in the national anthem

The point guard has enjoyed the best years of his career with the Suns and was a two-time league MVP Phoenix has not been to the playoffs since leaving in 2012

“This place means a lot to me obviously” said Nash “I had amazing years here, amazing teams, teammates, coaches, the organization was first class And the fans here were fantastic I lived here for 10 years and loved every minute “

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