SAN ANTONIO — The Nets’ Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge got a tribute in their returns to the city where they played for the Spurs. Then teammates James Harden and Kyrie Irving ensured they got a triumph.
The two stars were brilliant in leading the Nets to a 117-102 victory over the Spurs at AT&T Center on Friday. They took command late in the third quarter and cruised in the fourth.
Harden had another triple-double with 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. The most encouraging sign wasn’t his brilliance, but his bounce — he attacked the rim and even took off for a stunning dunk through contact in the third.
Irving scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, when the Nets put the game away. They improved to 29-16, pulled even on percentage points with the Bulls atop the Eastern Conference, and made Aldridge and Mills’ return victorious.
James Harden finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. AP
“Just being able to stay in the moment, stay in the experience, that’s going to be important to me to just try and soak it up as much as I can,” Mills said before the game. “I put a decade worth of passion and pride into being able to represent the Spurs the right way and the Spurs’ way. And being amongst the community and getting involved with the community of San Antonio was what made…