James Harden’s triple-double carries the Brooklyn Nets past Wolves

Mar 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden totaled 38 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the host Brooklyn Nets held on for a 112-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.

Harden posted his 12th triple-double of the season, all since joining the Nets, tying the franchise record set by Jason Kidd in 2006-07 and matched the following season.

Harden scored 13 points in the fourth and shot 11 of 25 from the floor overall as the Nets shot 47.1 percent. His latest big game helped the Nets win for the 18th time in 21 games and survive getting outscored 9-4 in the final 2:07 of the game.

Kyrie Irving added 27 points and seven rebounds after missing the previous three games due to a family matter.

Karl-Anthony Towns paced the Timberwolves with 31 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter when Minnesota nearly came all the way back.

Rookie Anthony Edwards added 23 and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who shot 38.8 percent from the field.

Harden got his latest triple-double when he rebounded a missed a 3-pointer by Jaden McDaniels with 2:28 remaining, and 21 seconds later Irving hit a seven-footer to make it 108-98. Minnesota then scored the next nine points to get within 108-107 on a layup by Edwards with 58.6 seconds left.

After Irving missed a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left, Edwards grabbed the rebound and Minnesota called a timeout, but Edwards saw his eight-footer in the lane clank off the rim with 20.1 seconds left. Harden then hit two free throws with 14 seconds left, and following another Minnesota timeout, Malik Beasley missed a contested 3-pointer from the left side and Irving sank two free throws to ice it.

Irving scored 15 points as the Nets shot 69.6 percent and held a 37-25 lead after the opening 12 minutes. Brooklyn held a 17-point early in the second and maintained a 61-52 lead by halftime.

Minnesota continued hanging around, and Jake Nowell’s 3-point play got Minnesota within 78-74 at the 3:39 mark, but Harden’s layup with 6.6 seconds left gave Brooklyn an 87-77 lead entering the fourth.

Minnesota continued to remain within striking distance, getting within 98-92 on Towns’ reverse layup with 6:28 left. Harden then hit two 3-pointers in the next two-plus minutes to open a 106-96 lead with 3:51 remaining.

–Field Level Media