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Depleted Nets trump Pelicans, thanks to Irving

Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and Joe Harris had 24 to lead seven Brooklyn players in double figures as the short-handed Nets held off hosts New Orleans Pelicans 134-129 yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The Nets were without James Harden, who is out indefinitely after suffering a setback in his rehabilitation of a hamstring injury, and Kevin Durant, who has a thigh contusion.

Harden's continued unavailability is a blow to the Nets' bid to pip the Philadelphia 76ers to the Eastern Conference's top seeding. - REUTERS

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