James Harden collected 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in his return from a strained right hamstring as the Brooklyn Nets posted a 128-116 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night in New York. Harden came off the bench for the first time since April 22, 2012, when he was amember of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played under a minutes restriction after missing the previous 18 games, and he wound up logging 25:44 of court time in his first game since April 5.
After holding the Eastern Conference’s No. seed for stretches throughout the season, the Nets were three games behind the Philadelphia 76ers, the East’s top seed, and only one game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks, who were in the No. spot, when they played the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday, May 11.
The Hawks post-season berth comes after a 25-11 win-loss ratio under interim coach Nate McMillan. Russell Westbrook had 34 points, 15 assists but only five rebounds for Washington, two nights after breaking Oscar Roberson's record with his 182nd career triple-double. James Harden had 18 points and 11 assists in his comeback after an 18-game absence to help the Brooklyn Nets defeat the San Antonio Spurs 128-116.