The Brooklyn Nets have won Game 1 of their blockbuster Western Conference semi-final series against the Milwaukee Bucks 115-107 but lost James Harden to injury.
Harden left the court inside the first minute of play, with the Nets confirming that he has re-injured his right hamstring.
The shooting guard left the Barclays Center for an MRI scan on his right hamstring, which forced him to miss 21 games in the regular season when injured.
In his absence, the Nets found a way, dominating the Bucks on offense and defense, despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 34 points and 11 rebounds. Milwaukee shot only 20 per cent from behind the arc.
Blake Griffin started and offered a blast from the past with 18 points and 14 rebounds for Brooklyn.
But the Nets were clearly concerned about Harden’s availability for the series moving forward.
“It’s never easy to lose anybody especially at this time of the season,” Irving said. “When you see the game snatched away from one of our brothers, we feel for him.”
Durant added: “It sucks. It sucks. I want him to be out there. I know how much he cares. I know how much we wants to be in this moment. It sucks.
“I wish him a speedy recovery. We’re going to keep him involved as much as possible. It’s just a bad break.”
Game 2 of the series between the Nets and Bucks is on Monday.