LOS ANGELES, USA – Caris LeVert delivered the performance of the night after exploding for a career-high 51 points as the Brooklyn Nets downed the Celtics, 129-120, in overtime in the NBA on Tuesday, March 3 (Wednesday, March 4, Philippine time).
LeVert’s hot hand saw him drain 17 of 26 attempts from the field for a 65.4% shooting success rate as the Celtics fell to 41-18 in the Eastern Conference.
The 25-year-old LeVert erupted after halftime with 37 points as the Nets stormed back from a 21-point deficit, 50-71, in the second half.
His final tally also included every Nets point in overtime, when they blew away the Celtics 11-2.
LeVert’s virtuoso display couldn’t have come at a better time for Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, who has already been without new signing Kevin Durant for the entire season and who has also lost Kyrie Irving to season-ending surgery.
“I know not having those guys, obviously it’s not ideal, but we’ve also learned a lot about the team, learned a lot about our players,” Atkinson said.
“You learn a lot through these struggles and the fight… I look at it positively, we’re learning a lot this season.
“Anyone that says we’re waiting for next year I’m like, no, we’re building for next year.”
LeVert also earned a seal of approval from the injured Durant.
“That 50 was beautiful, Vert,” Durant wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for that masterpiece.”
The Nets improved to 26-33 to stay on course for a playoff berth. Brooklyn occupy the 8th spot in the East.