In a thrilling upset, the Brooklyn Nets upset the Boston Celtics 129-120 in overtime behind 51 points from Caris LeVert. Later that night, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 120-107 after a 37-point, 13-rebound from Davis.
This game got ugly during the second half. At one point, the Nets trailed the Celtics by 21 points and the Boston home crowd started making chants against Kyrie Irving, who formerly played with the Celtics and caused much turmoil on the team.
LeVert, who after the game expressed the doubts that he would play in the fourth quarter, scored 37 points throughout the fourth quarter and overtime. With an array of off balanced jumpers and contested layups, LeVert shot 17-of-26 from the field and 5-of-10 from three to finish with 51 points.
The fourth-year guard is now averaging 17.3 points per game, shooting 41 percent from the field and 38 percent from three.
The Celtics as a team would score just 36 in that same stretch. Boston has now lost two straight, while the Nets ended a four-game losing streak.
Without Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, LeBron James and Davis were cooking all night. James finished with 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, while Davis finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Davis shot 13-of-19 from the field and 4-of-5 from three, as the Sixers could only throw Al Horford and Tobias Harris at Davis all night.
Davis, now averaging 26.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game, is a MVP candidate (though he’s not going to win) and Defensive Player of the Year candidate (which he can win).
The 47-13 Lakers will enter a tough spot in their schedule, playing the Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz in six of their next seven games. All are playoff teams that the Lakers could potentially face in the postseason.