Harden and Durant combined for 47 points in a 102-99 road victory for Brooklyn, who lead the Eastern Conference with 17 wins against seven losses.
Irving is an engaging, curious 29-year-old who does a lot of charity work behind the scenes, but he's got a contrarian's streak a mile long.
Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson know it will be a while before they can get back onto the court. Zion Williamson wants to do it on opening night.
Trae Young is particularly adept at getting to the line, in part because of the way he has been able to lure defenders into contact.
NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo jumps, Phoenix Suns rise but LeBron James, LA Lakers top merchandise sales
The NBA and its players union announced that four-time NBA champion James led jersey sales and his 2020 NBA champion Lakers were still the hottest money spinner in merchandise sales.
Durant, Irving and Harden played in the same game only eight times during the regular season and got only one round together in the postseason.
Middleton set a career playoff high with 38 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 30 and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed in a 104-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night to force a decisive seventh game.
James said, the injuries were due to the "lack of rest" before play restarted in December - just 72 days after the Lakers locked up the title with a victory over the Miami Heat in the quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.
Kyrie Irving won't play on Tuesday because of the sprained right ankle. The Nets also listed James Harden as out in their injury report on Monday but upgraded him twice on Tuesday, first to doubtful and then to questionable.
NBA: Tyrese Haliburton chuffed to be in Rookie of the Year fray, but says it won't affect his assessment of season
Sacramento Kings' rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton talks about being in the contention for Rookie of the Year award, being nicknamed 'Little Magic' and the night when Kyrie Irving and James Harden pulled him aside for a chat
NBA: Triple-doubles for Harden, Westbrook deliver wins for Wizards, Nets; Rudy Gobert helps Jazz beat Cleveland
Stephen Curry scored 32 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 116-102 home victory over Chicago Bulls.
James Harden was back after missing a game because of neck soreness. He had 44 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Brooklyn were still without Kevin Durant (left hamstring strain) and Kyrie Irving (personal reasons).
Golden State guard Stephen Curry departed early in the Warriors 108-94 victory over the Rockets in Houston, suffering what the team called a tailbone contusion in a hard sideline fall in the third quarter.
Antetokounmpo's triple-double was his second straight and his sixth of the season. He was just one of eight Bucks players to score in double figures as Milwaukee won their third straight game
While the likes of Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich have enthusiastically promoted the vaccination rollout, there remains enduring apprehension amongst the NBA's playing staff.
Since the NBA’s restart bubble that saved last season opened last July, no player has logged more minutes, scored more points, handed out more assists, made more shots, taken more shots or finished off more fast breaks than LeBron James.
NBA: Brooklyn Nets snap up Blake Griffin to bulk up super-team of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving
The arrival of the 6ft 9in six-time All-Star Griffin gives Nets coach Steve Nash another option to complement playmakers James Harden, Kyrie Irving and forward Kevin Durant.
In a few hours from now, at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena the heavily-stacked Team LeBron will tip off against the equally fearsome Team Durant. Here’s all you need to know about the 2021 NBA All-Star Game:
NBA: LeBron James opts for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant takes Kyrie Irving as first picks for All-Star Game
This is the fourth year of the NBA's playing captain format for the All-Star Game. James is 3-0, beating teams captained by Curry in 2018 and Antetokounmpo in the last two seasons.
Kyrie Irving had 16 points and seven rebounds as Brooklyn easily won this matchup of NBA title contenders and improved to 4-0 on a five-game West Coast trip with Kevin Durant missing his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.