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With Harden Out, Trail Blazers Down the Nets 114-108

Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington, right, and guard Ben McLemore high-five during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington, right, and guard Ben McLemore high-five during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Portland, Ore. (AP) -- Anfernee Simons had 23 points and 11 assists, and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers took advantage of James Harden's absence for a 114-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Harden was out with a hyperextended left knee. Kyrie Irving started in his second game of the season and finished with 22 points. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.