NBA: LeVert’s triple-double leads Nets past Spurs


Posted at Mar 07 2020 11:47 AM

NBA: LeVert’s triple-double leads Nets past Spurs 1
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) controls the ball against San Antonio Spurs small forward DeMar DeRozan (10) during the third quarter of their game at Barclays Center. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Caris LeVert pumped in 27 points, took 11 rebounds and distributed 10 assists to lead seven teammates in double-figure scoring as the host Brooklyn Nets built a huge first-half lead and romped to a 139-120 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday in New York City.

The Nets led 41-22 after the first quarter -- with that output the most by Brooklyn in an opening period this season -- and never allowed San Antonio to get closer than 15 points the rest of the game. 

The Nets scored just 79 points in all four quarters in a home loss to Memphis on Wednesday.

The triple-double was the first in LeVert's 4-year career, and he entered the game with just three career double-doubles. 

Joe Harris added 20 points, with Spencer Dinwiddie and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot hitting for 19 points each, Taurean Prince and Chris Chiozza scoring 13 apiece, and DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen tallying 12 points each.

Jordan also took 10 rebounds for Brooklyn, which remains in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, adding nine assists. 

Trey Lyles and Derrick White added 19 each, Rudy Gay had 15 points, and Keldon Johnson scored 13 for San Antonio, which fell to 4 and a half games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference behind Memphis, which was playing at Dallas Friday night.

The Spurs were without center LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his fifth game in a row with a sore shoulder, as well as backup center Jakob Poeltl (right knee strain).

Brooklyn led by as many as 33 points in the second quarter before the Spurs scored 16 of the final 20 points to cut their deficit to 75-54 at halftime.

LeVert scored 15 points in the half to lead all scorers, with Prince hitting for 13 and Harris adding 11 for the Nets over the first 24 minutes. Brooklyn outshot the Spurs 53 percent to 43 percent in the half.

DeRozan and Lyles led San Antonio with nine points each in the first two periods.

The Spurs got to within 15 points on two separate occasions in the third quarter before Brooklyn righted itself, scoring 45 points in the period -- the most scored in a quarter against San Antonio this season -- and took a 120-95 lead into the final period.

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