10/19 22:13 CDT LeVert's basket gives Nets 107-105 win over Knicks
LeVert's basket gives Nets 107-105 win over Knicks
By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- Caris LeVert had the ball in his hands in the final seconds
and the chance to give his team the lead.
Two nights earlier, he fumbled it away.
He made the most of his second chance Friday.
LeVert's driving layup with a second left gave the Brooklyn Nets their first
victory of the season, 107-105 over the New York Knicks.
LeVert had a career-high 28 points, surpassing the 27 points he scored
Wednesday night in Detroit in a close loss. He made sure they pulled this one
out, driving right into the lane and putting up the tiebreaking shot over Tim
After the game he said, 'Coach, I owed you one,'" Nets coach Kenny Atkinson
The Nets trailed by one in Detroit when LeVert lost the ball out of bounds with
8.5 seconds left, and they lost by three. But Brooklyn called his number again
and he finished up his 15-point final quarter.
"Kenny had a lot of confidence to go back to me tonight and I just wanted to
come through," LeVert said.
D'Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen each added 15 points for the Nets. They
improved to 6-1 in home openers since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.
Hardaway and Enes Kanter each scored 29 points for the Knicks, who were trying
for just their third 2-0 start in 20 years. Kanter tied it on a three-point
play with 15.9 seconds remaining but all they could manage for a final shot
after LeVert's basket was a long 3-pointer by Hardaway that wasn't close.
Hardaway was disappointed he didn't do more to stop LeVert, his college
teammate at Michigan.
"I felt like I could have defended it a lot better. He's been going right the
whole entire game so I've just got to know that," Hardaway said.
The Nets were still without starting forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who just
became a father, and DeMarre Carroll, who had right ankle surgery. But they got
back Allen Crabbe, their normal starting guard who came off the bench after
missing the opener while recovering sprained left ankle.
They shot 70 percent in the first quarter and were in control until early in
the second half. Then, Kanter and Frank Ntilikina had a couple of baskets
apiece in an 11-0 run that wiped out a 10-point deficit and gave the Knicks a
66-65 lead on Hardaway's 3-pointer.
New York was ahead 76-74 after three quarters and neither team led by more than
six in a back-and-forth final 12 minutes.
Knicks: New York's previous 2-0 starts were in 2012-13 and 1999-00. ... G
Courtney Lee, sidelined by a neck injury since the preseason, experienced
spasms when he picked up his workout level, delaying his season debut. ... G
Emmanual Mudiay didn't like the way his sprained right ankle responded when he
tried putting more pressure on it and remained out, with coach David Fizdale
saying he would be day to day.
Nets: Joe Harris' first 3-pointer was his 237th a Net, moving him into 10th
place on the franchise's career list. Next up for Harris, in his third season
with Brooklyn, is recently retired Richard Jefferson (286), who is now a Nets'
analyst for YES Network. ... F Traveon Graham strained his left hamstring in
the first half and missed the rest of the game.
Knicks rookie Kevin Knox finished with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting off the
bench and was in the game down the stretch. The No. 9 pick in the draft
struggled late in preseason to lose what was expected to be a starting spot and
shot 4 for 16 on Wednesday in the opener. He said nothing in particular led to
his better night.
"I got some wide-open looks the last few games. Today I got some good looks and
just the difference is I was making them tonight," Knox said.
The Nets made 11 of their first 14 shots from the field.
QBS IN THE CROWD
Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh McCown were at the game.
Knicks: Host Boston on Saturday night.
Nets: Visit Indiana on Saturday night.
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