BOSTON — Caris LeVert scored a career-high 51 points, 37 from the fourth quarter on, as the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 21 points down to stun the host Boston Celtics 129-120 in overtime Tuesday.
LeVert shot 17 of 26 from the field and scored all 11 of the Nets’ points in the extra period as they overcame 21 turnovers to snap a four-game losing streak. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 16 points off the bench for Brooklyn.
Jaylen Brown had 22 points, and Kemba Walker scored 21 in his return from five games missed with a knee injury for the Celtics, who have lost back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 16–18.
The Nets scored a franchise-record 51 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 71-50 deficit with 6:28 left in the third quarter. They entered the fourth down 84-67.
LeVert got Brooklyn within four on back-to-back threes with 2:47 remaining. Another LeVert three trimmed Boston’s lead to 110-108 with 1:32 left.
The Celtics led by three with the ball and 6.7 seconds left, but a Rodions Kurucs steal gave the Nets a chance to tie. LeVert was fouled by Smart on a 3-point attempt with 0.2 seconds on the clock and sunk all his free throws to force overtime.
LeVert outscored Boston 11-2 the rest of the way.
The Celtics played without All-Star forward Jayson Tatum, sidelined by an illness. Gordon Hayward didn’t play in the second half due to a right knee contusion he appeared to sustain on an inadvertent collision with Daniel Theis late in the second quarter.
DAVIS SCORES 37 AS LAKERS SMASH 76ERS
Anthony Davis had 37 points, 13 rebounds and four steals, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 120-107 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
Davis, who also had two blocks, converted 13 of 19 shots from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. He scored 26 points in the first half.
LeBron James contributed 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers, winners of nine of their past 10. Dwight Howard added 11 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Avery Bradley chipped in 10 apiece.
Glenn Robinson III led the Sixers with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Tobias Harris finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for Philadelphia, which played without All-Stars Joel Embiid (shoulder), Ben Simmons (back) and Josh Richardson (concussion). — Reuters