Denver, Colorado (1,779.3 miles from NYC)
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson didn’t want the Nuggets to have a chance to win with a last-second shot. Caris LeVert made sure the Nuggets didn’t have an opportunity to win in overtime, either.
LeVert hit a floater in the lane with 0.3 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets scored the last six points of the game to beat the Nuggets 112-110 on Friday night. “To have the ball and everybody get out-of-the-way, that’s a great feeling to have as a player,” LeVert said. “That’s what you dream about as a kid.”
The Nets overcame a huge bounce-back night from Denver’s Nikola Jokic to win their third straight. In an offensive funk for the last four games, Jokic had a season-high 37 points and tied his career best with 21 rebounds.
The Nets tied it with 29 seconds left and Jokic was called for traveling with 22 seconds left. LeVert got the ball up top and was blanketed by Harris. He broke through the tight defense to get into the lane and hit a soft lob to give Brooklyn the W.
“I just tried to get the last shot and get the kind of shot I wanted to get,” LeVert said of Harris “I thought he was going to scoot back at one point but he kind of pressed up the whole time. I saw him leaning so I just took it.”
This marks the Nets third win a row and put their record at .500.
The Nets continue their four-game trip at Golden State on Saturday night.