Brooklyn Nets can't contain James Harden, Houston Rockets (Highlights)
Dec 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden poured in 36 points on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets to spoil the return of point guard Jeremy Lin.

  • Brooklyn Nets 118 (6-17)
  • Houston Rockets 122 (18-7)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

The Beard showcased his usual offensive prowess yet again. This time it came against the Brooklyn Nets, spoiling the long-awaited return of point guard Jeremy Lin.

Harden poured in 36 points on 12-of-27 from the floor en route to the 122-118 victory in Houston. Harden also collected eight boards and tallied 11 dimes in the victory.

Lin, while he didn’t receive the start from Kenny Atkinson, didn’t disappoint. He added 10 points and seven assists in his return. Brook Lopez led the way with 26 points for the Nets. He did, however, have only one rebound. Trevor Booker was the king rebound man on the night with 13.

Despite finding themselves down 10 points at halftime, the Nets fought back to take a three-point lead with a few minutes to play in the final frame. Houston’s offensive attack was too much down the stretch.

Now sporting a record of 6-17, Brooklyn will head back home before welcoming in the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

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