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This game ‘the vision’ as Brooklyn Nets hit 27 3s

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When James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in mid-January, Monday night’s 136-125 win over the Sacramento Kings was the offensive standard he had in mind.

“This was the vision right here — this game itself,” Harden said. “From top to bottom, no matter when your number is called, you’ve got to be ready to come in and contribute no matter what it takes. I think each individual guy has that mindset and that’s a championship-caliber team already.”

The Nets connected on 27 3-pointers on Monday night, setting a franchise record for 3s made in a game on their way to defeating Sacramento. The Nets’ 27 3s were two short of the Milwaukee Bucks’ all-time record. Seven of the nine Nets who played made a 3 in Monday’s game.

Harden had 29 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists. It was his fifth triple-double since joining the Nets — already the most 20-point triple-doubles in franchise history, passing Jason Kidd, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Kyrie Irving, who put up 40 points and shot 15-of-22 from the field, led the way for the Nets. He finished shooting 9-of-11 from beyond the arc. Irving and Harden combined to score or assist on 112 points on Monday, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“It’s a movie,” Harden said of Irving. “It’s like a show. Sometimes, I forget I’m on the court. He makes them look so effortless. It’s one of the reasons why I’m here.”

Irving’s nine 3-pointers were the second-most he’s made in a game in his career. Irving declined to speak to reporters after the game.

“He’s a magician with the ball,” Jeff Green said of Irving. “I’ve said it once before, and I love watching him when he’s in that zone. He’s a hell of a player and I’m glad I’m on his side and not on the opposing side this year. We’re clicking on the right cylinders right now.”

The Nets’ previous record of 24 made 3-pointers was set in 2018 against the Chicago Bulls. Against the Kings, Green tied that franchise record on an above the break 3 from Harden with just over eight minutes left in the third quarter. Harden broke the Nets’ previous record on a 25-foot 3, on a pass from Green.

“That’s the type of offensive output we’re capable of,” coach Steve Nash said after the game. “For us, it’s really the defense that we’re trying to continue to work with.”

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