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Caris LeVert sets career high for points in a quarter in Game 3 vs. Sixers

It’s safe to say Caris LeVert came to play on Thursday night. The Brooklyn Nets guard poured in 19 points in the second quarter of Game 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers, keeping his team within striking distance on the scoreboard, igniting Barclays Center, and scoring the most points he ever has in a single quarter.

The shifty guard proved unstoppable for the Sixers, getting wherever he wanted with the ball in his hands and taking full advantage of spot-up opportunities from beyond the arc. Nearly half of his points came from floater range, the tricky spot between the restricted area and the free throw line, while many of his scores originated from the same basic side pick-and-roll action.

LeVert scored 14 consecutive points to open the quarter, bringing his team back to tie the game from an eight-point deficit after the game’s first 12 minutes.

LeVert was huge off the bench Brooklyn’s convincing Game 1 victory, scoring 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting and making life hard on the relentlessly active J.J. Redick on the other end of the floor. Like the Nets as a whole, he failed to reach that same level of play in Game 2, scoring 13 points on 3-of-8 from the field as the Sixers evened the series with a blowout win.

A third-year pro, LeVert emerged as one of the most pleasant surprises of the season’s early going, establishing himself as a favorite for Most Improved Player. He suffered a dislocated right foot on November 8th, though, an injury that most assumed would end his season prematurely. Instead, Caris LeVert returned in early February, setting the stage for him to thrive in his playoff debut.