Harden Injured as Nets Lose to Ladder Leaders Jazz
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden stands near the court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday

MVP candidate James Harden missed the Brooklyn Nets’ blockbuster with the Utah Jazz with the ladder leaders cruising to a 30-point victory in the NBA on Wednesday night.

Utah won 118-88 over Harden’s Nets, with Donovan Mitchell starring with 27 points, six rebounds and seven assists, while Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley Jr both scored 18 points each.

The defeat was the largest the Nets have suffered this season but comes as they were missing their big three in Harden, Kyrie Irving (personal) and Kevin Durant (hamstring). New recruit Blake Griffin (knee) was also absent.

Harden was the latest to miss, ruled out of the game with neck soreness, which was sustained from the weekend’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

He played through it in Tuesday’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers but was ruled out a few hours prior to the tip-off of the Jazz clash.

Brooklyn have been the form side in the past two months since Harden’s addition from the Houston Rockets while Utah have been the most consistent side all season.

However, given Brooklyn’s undermanned line-up, it’s difficult to read too much into the result.

In other results on Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks edged the Boston Celtics 121-119 in a thriller with Daniel Theis missing a three-pointer from an open look on the buzzer.

Meanwhile, the NBA Trade Deadline is around the corner with a variety of players in the mix to move, including Kyle Lowry who could leave Toronto, while Victor Oladipo has been linked with an exit from Houston.

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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