PHOENIX – – James Harden was delighted with the chance to share the goal load when he moved to the star-filled Brooklyn Nets earlier this season

But with his all-star friends cheering on street clothes from the bench, Harden showed that he can still fill up a box score and deliver tons of fourth-quarter heroism if needed

Harden scored 38 points, Joe Harris added 22, and the Nets overcame a 24-point deficit to stun the Phoenix Suns 128-124 on Tuesday night

While Harden was the undeniable star for the nets, his teammates also made for many good moments, with the bank adding 40 points and Harris scoring 15 in the second half

“It’s the true definition of a team,” said Harden. “One or two guys go down, the next man up”

The Nets played without two of their three main stars, but Harden was more than ready for the challenge. Kevin Durant had a hamstring injury while Kyrie Irving endured with a tight lower back

Harden’s 3-pointer from a few yards with a 31-second lead gave the Nets the first lead of the game at 126-124 and hit two more free throws with 11.3 seconds to round off the win. Harden shot 14 of 22 off the field and added 11 templates and seven rebounds

“All the vibes in (the locker room) right now,” said Nets trainer Steve Nash. “Guys are rightly excited, it’s great for morale I’m missing Kevin and Kyrie and am finding a way to get a 24 point Compensate for deficit You showed a lot of heart ”

Brooklyn won its fourth straight game in a triumphant return to Phoenix for Nash The Suns had captured their six-game winning streak

Chris Paul scored 29 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough for the Suns Devin Booker has added 22

Phoenix took a 33-225% lead over the field in the first quarter after 56 shots. The suns were even better in the second, pouring 42 points to make a lead of 75-54 at halftime

But the Nets were about to make their biggest half-time comeback since joining the NBA in 1976

Brooklyn cut Phoenix’s lead to 100-88 by the end of the third quarter, Sun coach Monty Williams said this was the time his team lost momentum

“I thought the first four, five, six minutes of the third quarter were our offenses in the mud,” Williams said. “The ball movement wasn’t there, the urgency just wasn’t there and we were giving a team life”

The nets would pull within 108-106 in the middle of the fourth half after a 3-pointer from Tyler Johnson, but the Suns responded with a dunk from Deandre Ayton and a 3 from Mikal Bridges and it looked like would they regain control

But the nets still had a run. Harden cut through the Suns’ defense to pull Brooklyn within 124-121 with 1:39. Jeff Green’s layup in 59 seconds made it 124-123 that put Harden’s crucial 3-pointer on the next possession of the ball

Nets: Johnson got his first start to the season with Irving. 28-year-old Johnson spent the first half of last season with the Suns before being sacked in February. Johnson finished with 17 points in 32 minutes

Suns: Phoenix had a full list for a second game in a row, with the in-season traffic jam was one of the reasons the Suns sent rookie striker Jalen Smith to the G League on Monday that had no 10 overall winners from Maryland in played eight games and averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds.The Suns hit a season high of 3 on Tuesday000 fans. Phoenix started the season without fans in the arena, before the current home stand with seven games 1500 allowed per game Booker got a technical foul in the first quarter for fighting with bank officials

Nash got a big cheer during the introduction and a fan shouted “We love Steve Nash!” just before the singing in the national anthem began

The point guard had the best years of his career with the Suns and was a two-time league MVP Phoenix has not made the playoffs since leaving in 2012

“This place means a lot to me, of course,” said Nash. “We’ve had some incredible years here, incredible teams, teammates, coaches, the organization was first class and the fans here were fantastic. Lived here for 10 years and loved every minute of it ”

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