Looking at Caris LeVert’s 5 Best Games as a Brooklyn Net
It’s time to say goodbye to Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets fans. What better way than revisiting his top-five games as a member of the team?
It’s always a sad day when a fan favorite is traded away from the organization. And with all the joy that’s surrounding the James Harden deal, so too is the melancholy feeling about losing a homegrown talent such as Caris LeVert. In his five seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, LeVert gave fans countless memories during his tenure and was crucial in helping put Brooklyn back on the map. With that being said here’s a look at his top five performances:
50-burger vs the Boston Celtics (3/3/2020)
The no-brainer of the top five games for Caris LeVert is what he did on that fateful Tuesday evening last March up in Boston. To set the stage, Brooklyn entered the 4th quarter down 17 points and it looked like the game was en route to a blowout loss on national television. However, Caris had other ideas.
Up until the final period, LeVert had only 14 points and had taken only 10 shots. Caris, alongside the Nets’ bench brigade, went on a miraculous 4th quarter run, outscoring the Celtics 51-34 to force overtime. In fact, Caris himself outscored the Celtics 37-36 over the course of the 4th quarter and OT. It seemed like everything he threw up went in. Not to mention it was also the game Nets fans fell in love with Chris Chiozza. For a team that was barely treading water in the playoff race and Kyrie Irving still out, LeVert gave Nets fans one of the more memorable performances not only of that year but in recent Nets memory. His final stats on the night were 51 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The performance was so good that Kevin Durant, who was still rehabbing at the time, showed love via social media.
That 50 was beautiful, Vert. Thank you for that masterpiece
The NBA Bubble saw a plethora of guys balling out and Caris LeVert was no exception. There was no better way to cap off the NBA Bubble play in games than with a showdown between one of the league’s rising stars and an already established one.
The Portland Trail Blazers came into the game needing a win to secure a spot in a play-in game for the playoffs. Many suspected the Nets, who were already a lock for the playoffs would just roll over but that wasn’t the case. Caris LeVert and Damian Lillard put on a show for the whole basketball world. LeVert would finish the game with 37 points but missed the potential game-winning jumper as time expired. If the 50-point effort a few months prior didn’t open the eyes of the basketball world then this performance definitely did. One thing for sure is LeVert definitely got the attention and respect of his fellow peers.
It wasn’t the most glamorous of matchups and there were no late-game heroics but a milestone was reached in the game nonetheless. The Nets blew out the San Antonio Spurs in a game that was over by halftime. However, within the game, Caris recorded his first career triple-double with a stat line of 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. This coming only days after his 50-point explosion against the Celtics.
The week for Caris LeVert: 50+ points and his 1st triple double!
Any time the Nets play the Knicks it’s a big deal. And anytime the Nets beat the Knicks it’s a relatively big deal (to some at least). Well, Caris LeVert was able to etch his name into the storied Knicks-Nets rivalry.
Back in 2018, the Nets hosted the Knicks in their home opener. In a slugfest of a game, the two teams found themselves tied late in the 4th quarter. That’s when the Caris takeover time began. He found himself in an isolation situation at the top of the key against then Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. He danced on him then took it to the hole to convert the contact lay-up with 1.0 second left. And to cap it off, he flexed for the crowd after the ball went through the hoop.
The game-winning bucket was the cherry on top of what was at the time a career-high 28-point performance, with 15 of those points coming in the 4th quarter.
Game 4 vs Philadelphia 76ers (4/20/2019)
This was one of the best all-around games during LeVert’s tenure with the Nets. In arguably the game of the playoffs (until the Kawhi shot) the Nets battled tooth and nail with their division rival Philadelphia 76ers. A game that saw a near brawl on the baseline. A game in which the Nets’ hearts were crushed by a Mike Scott corner three. But not to be lost in the madness was the valiant performance of LeVert. He did a little bit of everything finishing with 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Caris had Barclay’s Center jumping at various points throughout the afternoon. I think it was the first time many Nets fans thought “We might really have something special here with this kid”.