Caris LeVert made sure the Nuggets didn’t have an opportunity to win in overtime with a game-winning shot 0.3 seconds to regulation time.
Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson didn’t want Denver to have a chance to win with a last-second shot either, as the Brooklyn Nets scored the last six points of the game to beat the Nuggets 112-110 on Friday night.
Atkinson put the ball in his hands and let the former Michigan star go to work.
“We wanted the last shot. We didn’t want to mess around with them having 4 seconds or 3 seconds so the fact that we left them with 0.3 is what we wanted,” Atkinson said. “That’s the best way to control it. It’s an (isolation) but, heck, that’s what the kid’s good at. They pressured him, he got by and made a heck of a shot.”
Denver’s Nikola Jokic was imperious on the night and scored a season-high 37 points and tied his career best with 21 rebounds but was simply not enough to prevent Denver’s first home loss of the season.
Jokic had taken only 18 shots in the first four games of November but topped that before the end of the third quarter.
He had 11 points in the first quarter and a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds at halftime.
Denver appeared to take control after Jokic blocked Jarrett Allen, grabbed the rebound and fed Malik Beasley for a layup and a 108-106 lead with 1:23 left. After a Brooklyn miss, Paul Millsap’s two free throws made it a four-point game.
The Nets tied it with 29 seconds left and Jokic was called for travelling with 22 seconds left.
LeVert got the ball up top and was guarded by Harris. He broke through the tight defense to get into the lane and hit a soft lob to give Brooklyn the win.
Nets Continue their four-game trip at Golden State on Saturday night while Nuggets host Milwaukee on Sunday night.