Nets Win Without Harden & Durant, 76ers Triumph Too
Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) reacts with guard Kyrie Irving during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets

The Brooklyn Nets flexed their muscle in the absence of injured pair Kevin Durant and James Harden with a 111-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

Jeff Green top scored for the Nets with 21 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 11 points and nine rebounds and six assists on his debut for Brooklyn.

Harden missed the game after being withdrawn late in Wednesday’s win over the Houston Rockets with hamstring soreness.

The result improves the Nets record to 34-15, having won 20 of their past 23 matches.

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Clippers lost for the second consecutive match going down 101-94 to the Denver Nuggets.

Kawhi Leonard was the Clippers’ best with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but they were off target from range.

The Philadelphia 76ers stayed in touch with the Eastern Conference leaders after a 114-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Shake Milton had 27 points for the 76ers, as they played without star man Joel Embiid for the 10th straight match.

Steph Curry played his second game back and had 36 points along with 11 rebounds and three assists but the Golden State Warriors still lost.

The Warriors went down 116-109 to the Miami Heat, who had Jimmy Butler score 22 points, with six rebounds and eight assists.

Ben somerford
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