The Brooklyn Nets continue to win, and have pulled to within a half game of the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 112-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night.

Brooklyn got two of their big three back with the return of Kyrie Irving last night, and another big win without Kevin Durant who is still out with a hamstring strain.

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Kyrie contributed 27 points in the victory after a three-game absence he showed no rust last night.

James Harden proved why he is a strong candidate for MVP, pulling off his 12th triple double (39 points,13 assists,11 rebounds) tying a club record set by Jason Kidd, who did it twice (2006-07 and 2007-08)

The beard put up 13 points in the final period and proved too much for the NBA’s worse team.

Brooklyn has won ten of their last twelve games and are 18-3 since the big trade in early February.

They are 32-15 and a half game behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets have also acquired veteran forward LaMarcus Aldridge from the San Antonio Spurs, although near the end of his career the 6’11” Aldridge can still be a valuable bench player heading into the post season.

No word on the return of Kevin Durant, but the team expects him back before the playoffs, and with 25 games remaining, the finals could include Brooklyn this year.

[NBA.com]

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