With Kyrie Irving now out for the remainder of the season and Kevin Durant not available at all this year, the Nets are in need of someone to pick up the slack for a Brooklyn team that is still very much in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
And it looks like Caris LeVert is answering that call for help -- at least on Tuesday night he did. LeVert went on an absolute tear against the Celtics in Boston, scoring a career-high 51 points -- 37 of which came in the fourth quarter and OT -- to lead the Nets to a stunning 129-120 comeback win.
Down 71-50 midway through the third and 84-67 heading into the fourth, the Nets, led by LeVert's 26, scored a franchise-record 51 points in the final quarter.
That 50 was beautiful, Vert. Thank you for that masterpiece- Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) March 4, 2020
LeVert was shockingly fouled on a three-point attempt with 0.2 seconds left and the Nets down by three. Going to the line having gone 6-of-10 already on his free throws, LeVert came up clutch, hitting all three to secure the overtime berth.
In overtime, LeVert controlled things just as he did the fourth quarter, outscoring the Celtics 11-2 in the extra period.
Overall, LeVert went 17-of-26 from the field, including 5-of-10 from three and 12-of-18 from the foul line. He also added five assists, four boards and one steal to his final numbers of the night, but most importantly, he got his team the win.