James Harden posted 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in his return from an 18-game absence, as the Nets beat the Spurs 128-116 in Brooklyn. Harden had been sidelined with a strained right hamstring. Kevin Durant netted 14 points and Landry Shamet scored a team-high 21 for the Nets, who have won three in-a-row. Brooklyn is within a game-and-a-half of Philadelphia for the top seed in the East. DeMar DeRozan dropped in 21 points to lead San Antonio, which has lost seven-of-nine. The Spurs are now just two games ahead of Sacramento for 10th in the West with three games remaining.