James Harden scored 32 points as part of a triple-double that marked his debut for the Brooklyn Nets, who showed some of their new potential Saturday with a 122-115 victory over the Orlando Magic. Kevin Durant had 42 points, his highest number of the season, in what was his reunion with his old teammate. Harden added 14 assists and 12 rebounds. By the afternoon, he had received clearance to play after all the players involved in the colossal trade in which Harden had arrived from Houston had passed their physicals. A figure that was not very positive of the new acquisition was his nine lost balls. The bearded star had virtually no practice time with the Nets.
He didn’t seem to need it, as he became the first player in franchise history to debut with a triple-double. Durant made five 3-pointers in his 10th game since returning after an 18-month layoff due to a ruptured Achilles tendon in the 2019 NBA Finals. He increased his average to 30.7 points, his most since leading the league with 32 per game to be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2014 with Oklahoma City. That was a couple of years before Harden and Durant led the Thunder to the NBA Finals. Now that they are partners again, they could have that same possibility.