• Erik Slater

Nets come from behind for big win over Thunder

The Nets fought back from 16 down to beat the Thunder 105-100 in Mexico City Thursday night.

Caris LeVert led Brooklyn with 21 points off the bench. The second year guard has impressed as of late after struggling early in the season. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 17 points on 7-15 shooting from the field.

LeVert played increased minutes as Spencer Dinwiddie was in foul trouble for the majority of the game. The Michigan product was calm, cool and collected running the point for Brooklyn, posting 10 assists and zero turnovers.

Brooklyn limited the star power of Oklahoma City with an impressive defensive performance. Russell Westbrook (10-27) and Carmelo Anthony (5-20) combined to shoot just

31.9% from the field.

LeVert was extremely active on the defensive end down the stretch, not allowing Westbrook to get comfortable offensively.

The Nets trailed by 16 in the first half, but scrapped to take the lead midway through the third. Brooklyn trailed by one with 7:25 remaining. Allen Crabbe, Hollis-Jefferson and Dinwiddie each connected from the three-point line to put Brooklyn up eight with 5:38 left.

Oklahoma City cut the Brooklyn lead to three with 1:55 remaining, but Dinwiddie drove and dunked over two defenders to extend the Nets' lead.

Brooklyn sealed the victory with several key defensive stops.

The Nets continue to show the NBA that they cannot be taken lightly. Kenny Atkinson's squad will remain in Mexico City for a matchup with the Miami Heat Saturday.