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James Harden returns vs. Bulls with 25 points, season-high 16 assists

The Nets pull off an impressive win over the Bulls with all 3 superstars in the lineup for just the 2nd time this season.

Brooklyn got its 3 superstars back Wednesday night in a blowout win over Chicago.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets got their three superstars back Wednesday night and earned an easy 138-112 win over the Chicago Bulls.

James Harden was ready after missing Brooklyn’s 114-108 loss at Portland on Monday because of a hyperextended left knee. So was Kyrie Irving after a sprained left ankle threw his status into question.

With those two joining Kevin Durant, the Nets had their Big Three on full display for just a second time this season in a showdown against the East’s top two teams.

Durant scored 27 points and Harden added another 25 along with a season-high 16 assists, while Irving scored nine in his third game of 2021-22. The seven-time All-Star has refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine and is barred from suiting up in New York due to the city’s mandate.

Durant had 17 points in the third. The second-place Nets outscored East-leading Chicago by 20 in the quarter to silence a raucous crowd and came away with the win with all three superstars in the lineup.

The Nets also avoided a three-game sweep by the Bulls.