After a disappointing loss against the Magic in their first seeding game, Caris LeVert and the Brooklyn Nets bounced back and took out the Washington Wizards 118-110, Sunday afternoon.
The Nets guard was on fire in the second half as he dropped 25 of his game-high 34 points to help Brooklyn inch closer to making the playoffs.
“That was my favorite show to watch — watching Caris LeVert go to work, seeing how far he’s come, just being able to play 1-on-1,” Nets center Jarrett Allen said.”
Teammate Joe Harris finished with a season-high 27 points while Allen chipped in 22 points and 15 rebounds as the 8th seed Nets are now seven games away from the 9th seeded Wizards.
“He’s really taken another level to his game of studying the game, appreciating that he has the ability to get where he wants to,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said about Allen. “And the most important thing is the young man puts in the work.”
Thomas Bryant scored a career-high 30 points including 13 rebounds alongside Troy Brown Jr. who filled up the stats sheet with 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a losing effort for the Wizards.
“He [Bryant] brought the energy, he brought the juice. He gave us some offense. He committed on both ends of the floor. We need him to do that consistently,” said Wizard head coach Scott Brooks.
With the game tied at 100 with about five minutes remaining, Brooklyn stepped on the gas and closed out the game strong off an 18-10 outburst.
Both teams entered the bubble missing key pieces in their rotations.
Washington is missing both Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans, their two top scorers due to injuries.
For Brooklyn, they are missing the services of DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince who all test positive for COVID-19 before the Orlando Restart, Wilson Chandler who opted not to play in the bubble, Jamal Crawford who is not available because of conditioning, and star guard Kyrie Irving who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery.
The Nets hopes to continue their winning ways on Tuesday as they face Giannis Antentokoumpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Wizard look to snap their two game losing streak as they match up against the hot TJ Warren and the Indiana Pacers on Monday.