By Tristan Deschenes, 98.5 The Sports Hub
The Celtics led the Brooklyn Nets by 21 points and looked to be cruising toward victory. But Caris LeVert singlehandedly brought the Nets back as he scored 51 points and the Nets shocked the C’s, handing them a 129-120 loss at the TD Garden.
Boston led by 17 at the end of the third and held a 104-91 lead over the Nets with 4:15 to go in the fourth. Brooklyn slowly chipped away in the ensuing minutes, then LeVert knocked down a three to cut the Celtics lead to two with 1:31 remaining. Boston took a 118-113 lead with 10.4 seconds left and it looked like they had the game locked up.
DeAndre Jordan made it a 118-115 game with an alley-oop dunk with 6.7 seconds left. The Nets were able to force a jump ball and regain possession to give themselves a chance to tie it. On the next inbound play, LeVert went up for a three and drew a foul from Marcus Smart – with just 0.2 seconds on the clock. LeVert knocked down all three freebies to tie the game and send it to overtime. LeVert killed the Celtics in the fourth, scoring 25 points in final frame alone.
LeVert continued to dice up the Celtics in overtime, cooking them with all 11 points for Brooklyn. Marcus Smart fouled out early in OT, and the Green played the period with basically the Maine Red Claws. They played the entire overtime without Kemba Walker (minutes restriction), Jayson Tatum (out for the game with illness), Gordon Hayward, who didn’t play the second half due to a knee contusion. Jaylen Brown left the game late in the fourth quarter with what looked like a leg injury.
Brown led the C’s in scoring with 22 points. Walker scored 21 points in his return from a five game absence. Daniel Theis played well again scoring 16 points, and Smart added 14 with 10 assists.
Up Next: Boston will travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.