Thunder 95-100 Nets: Three quick observations

Caris LeVert impresses fans in Mexico City and leads Brooklyn to a win

The fans at the Arena Ciudad de México expected a vintage Russell Westbrook performance, but were treated to a breakout night by second-year player Caris LeVert instead.

The 23-year-old got extended minutes due to Spencer Dinwiddie’s early foul trouble and responded with a career-highs in points (21) and assists (10) to lead the Nets to a win in their NBA Global Games opener. There’s been plenty of talk about Brooklyn’s future, especially after the team’s stunning acquisitions of Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas earlier in the day, and LeVert is showing why he can be vital part of it after back-to-back strong performances.

LeVert steps up in a big way

Levert marked the anniversary of his NBA debut with a night to remember.

When Spencer Dinwiddie picked up his fourth foul early in the second, there were reasons to be pessimistic of a Brooklyn win. The Nets are undermanned after the trade and team has struggled at times to facilitate offense without the fourth-year guard on the floor. Yet, it’s becoming increasingly clear that LeVert is growing in confidence at point guard.

The former Michigan star built off of his strong showing on Monday in the Nets win in Atlanta to respond with a career night. More impressively, the 23-year-old wasn’t fazed at all when he was matched up with Westbrook and went punch-for-punch on offense with the reigning MVP in the third quarter. He also helped in holding the Thunder star to a 10-for-27 shooting night.

Nets defense contains Thunder’s stars

Westbrook wasn’t the only player that struggled on Thursday. Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams were also listless as Brooklyn asserted itself in the second half.

The Nets struggled to run its high-speed offense in the first half, but that all changed after LeVert’s strong third quarter and Dinwiddie’s clutch fourth. A positive by-product of that is Brooklyn’s pace denied Oklahoma City the opportunity to run its heavy iso-based offense in the final two periods.

Melo was held to a woeful 5-for-20 night and the normally offensively-efficient Adams shot under 50 percent and had a -13 plus-minus rating. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and DeMarre Carroll deserve plenty of praise for keeping Anthony off-rhythm in this game.

Hollis-Jefferson Shows Toughness

The third-year player had a scary moment in the second quarter as it appeared that he rolled his ankle. However, moments later, Hollis-Jefferson was back on the court and deserves plenty of credit for Thursday’s win. He helped the team rally from 16 behind and finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists along with the second-highest plus-minus of the team with +16. 

Hollis-Jefferson is quietly having a strong season and like LeVert, appears to be gaining confidence in a new position as the natural small forward continues to improve at playing the four. Kenny Atkinson and his staff deserve plenty of credit for the strides made by both players this season.

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2018-19 Season

Summer League

  • away game
    FridayFri Jul 06 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 80-86

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dawson
    19PTS
    Shawn Dawson
    S. Christon
    4ASTS
    Semaj Christon
    J. Webb III
    8RBS
    James Webb III
    NBA TV
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Jul 07 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 76-90

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Pinson
    16PTS
    Theo Pinson
    J. McLaughlin
    6ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    T. Thompson
    7RBS
    Trevor Thompson
    NBA TV
  • away game
    MondayMon Jul 09 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 69-78

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    Y. Watanabe
    14PTS
    Yuta Watanabe
    J. McLaughlin
    5ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    J. Allen
    12RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    ESPNU
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Jul 11 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 102-109

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    M. Doyle
    21PTS
    Milton Doyle
    M. Doyle
    6ASTS
    Milton Doyle
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    ESPN 2
  • away game
    FridayFri Jul 13 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 79-116

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Davis
    19PTS
    Tyler Davis
    J. McLaughlin
    5ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    T. Thompson
    9RBS
    Trevor Thompson
    ESPNU

Preseason

  • home game
    WednesdayWed Oct 03 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 102-107

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    C. LeVert
    15PTS
    Caris LeVert
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    T. Graham
    9RBS
    Treveon Graham
  • away game
    MondayMon Oct 08 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
    W 110-108OT1

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    25PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    C. LeVert
    8ASTS
    Caris LeVert
    E. Davis
    10RBS
    Ed Davis
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Oct 10 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
    L 91-118

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Allen
    24PTS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Russell
    7RBS
    D'Angelo Russell
    YES
  • away game
    FridayFri Oct 12 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    W 113-107

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    19PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Russell
    8ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    E. Davis
    8RBS
    Ed Davis
    YES

Regular Season

  • away game
    WednesdayWed Oct 17 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
    L 100-103

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    C. LeVert
    27PTS
    Caris LeVert
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    10RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Oct 19 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 107-105

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    C. LeVert
    28PTS
    Caris LeVert
    D. Russell
    6ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Oct 20 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    L 112-132

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harris
    19PTS
    Joe Harris
    D. Russell
    7ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    E. Davis
    8RBS
    Ed Davis
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Oct 24 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
    W 102-86

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    18PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Russell
    8ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    E. Davis
    10RBS
    Ed Davis
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Oct 26 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
    L 115-117

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    24PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    S. Dinwiddie
    5ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    E. Davis
    11RBS
    Ed Davis
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Oct 28 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 114-120

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    25PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    C. LeVert
    7ASTS
    Caris LeVert
    E. Davis
    7RBS
    Ed Davis
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    MondayMon Oct 29 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    L 96-115

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    17PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    C. LeVert
    5ASTS
    Caris LeVert
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    7RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Oct 31 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 120-119OT1

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    25PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    C. LeVert
    6ASTS
    Caris LeVert
    E. Davis
    10RBS
    Ed Davis
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 02 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 111-119

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    C. LeVert
    29PTS
    Caris LeVert
    J. Harris
    4ASTS
    Joe Harris
    J. Allen
    8RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Nov 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 122-97

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    21PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    10RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Nov 06 Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
    W 104-82

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    C. LeVert
    26PTS
    Caris LeVert
    J. Allen
    5ASTS
    Jarrett Allen
    E. Davis
    12RBS
    Ed Davis
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Nov 09 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
    W 112-110

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    23PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    9RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Nov 10 ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
    L 100-116

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harris
    24PTS
    Joe Harris
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    7RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    MondayMon Nov 12 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
    L 113-120

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    31PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Russell
    6ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    E. Davis
    14RBS
    Ed Davis
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Nov 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 107-120

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    18PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Russell
    5ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    E. Davis
    9RBS
    Ed Davis
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Nov 16 Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Nov 17 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Nov 20 AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Nov 21 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
    8:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    12:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Nov 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Nov 28 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 30 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 01 Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Dec 03 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Dec 05 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Dec 07 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 08 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Dec 12 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Dec 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 16 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    3:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Dec 18 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YES, NBA TVWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Dec 19 United Center, Chicago, IL
    8:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Dec 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Dec 26 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Dec 28 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 29 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
    5:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 02 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Jan 04 FedExForum, Memphis, TN
    8:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SundaySun Jan 06 United Center, Chicago, IL
    3:30pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    MondayMon Jan 07 TD Garden, Boston, MA
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 09 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Jan 11 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Jan 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Jan 16 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
    8:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Jan 18 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Jan 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    3:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Jan 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    MondayMon Jan 28 TD Garden, Boston, MA
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Jan 29 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Jan 31 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
    8:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Feb 02 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Feb 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YES, NBA TVWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Feb 06 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Feb 08 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    MondayMon Feb 11 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Feb 13 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
    7:00pmET
    YES, ESPNWFAN
  • home game
    ThursdayThu Feb 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Feb 23 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Feb 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Feb 27 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Mar 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Mar 02 AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Mar 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YES, NBA TVWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Mar 06 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Mar 09 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Mar 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Mar 13 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
    8:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Mar 16 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
    9:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SundaySun Mar 17 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
    9:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Mar 19 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
    10:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Mar 22 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
    10:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    MondayMon Mar 25 Moda Center, Portland, OR
    10:00pmET
    YES, NBA TVWFAN
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Mar 28 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Mar 30 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    MondayMon Apr 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YES
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Apr 03 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YES
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Apr 06 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
    5:00pmET
    YES, NBA TV
  • away game
    SundaySun Apr 07 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    5:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Apr 10 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    8:00pmET
    YES

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