These are still early days in the 2021-22 NBA season, but it’s never too early to make a statement of intent. The Atlanta Hawks were looking to do that at home on Friday night at the expense of the Brooklyn Nets, but unfortunately for them, they ran into the formidable duo of Kevin Durant and James Harden and succumbed to a 113-105 defeat. Durant scored 31 points (tied for the game-high with Trae Young of Atlanta) while Harden was able to dish out 11 assists as well as contributing 20 points to the cause.
The Hawks led going into the fourth, but they were outscored 24-14 in the final 12 minutes to see the Nets tally their 18th win out of 26 games this season. Young also had a double-double despite the loss as he added ten assists to all of those points he scored. The Hawks are back to .500 at 13-13 thus far, but that won’t concern them too much as they weren’t the best early last season and closed the season on a great run. Elsewhere in the Association on Friday evening, the Milwaukee Bucks brought an end to Houston’s seven-game winning run as Giannis scored 41 points and racked up 17 rebounds in a 123-114 win in H-Town while LeBron James scored 33 as the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the OKC Thunder 116-95 on the road.