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NBA: Harden plays as Nets beat Bucks in Game 5

James Harden played a part in Brooklyn Nets’s 114-108 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night as the Nets took a 3-2 lead in NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. The New-York based side had earlier announced that Kyrie Irving and James Harden would miss the game due to injury.

The Nets had to come from behind to win on the night and Harden has disclosed the reason he risked further injury and contributed to their important win. "[I] woke up and was like, 'You know what? Let's go,'" Harden said to reporters.

This was Harden’s first game since June 5, when he aggravated his hamstring in the first minute of Game 1 of this series. Since then, he has been dealing with what the team has called hamstring tightness.

The former Houston Texas man finished the game but struggled physically while he was on the court. He secured five points in 46 minutes. "I tried to go out there and do the best I can. Hopefully I gave my teammates some encouragement, some life," he concluded.

"I mean, it just shows how much he loves to play," said Kevin Durant, who finished with 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

"I was a little nervous for him because he hasn't played in a while and that's a physical team and his hamstring is one of those injuries that takes a while to heal. But he came out there and toughed it out, had eight assists and six rebounds,” he concluded.

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