Caris Levert rises for two of his nine points Tuesday night at Barclays Center before leaving the game with a concussion following a violent and borderline illegal screen set by Houston’s Nene.
The Nets got back to competing the way head coach Kenny Atkinson expects them to against the Houston Rockets Tuesday night at Downtown’s Barclays Center.
The hulking 6-foot-11 Brazilian caught Brooklyn guard Caris Levert with a vicious screen just as he was chasing down Rockets point man Chris Paul, who beat the buzzer with an easy layup.
The violent collision clearly shook up the Nets as they watched a four-point lead dissolve into a 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter en route to a 123-113 loss to Houston in front of 15,064 fans on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.
Nene began the surge with a five-footer in the lane and capped it by knocking LeVert out of the game during Paul’s drive to the basket just prior to the third-quarter buzzer, giving Houston a 96-86 advantage.
The poison came in the form of 36 points from James Harden and 25 from Paul as the Rockets rolled to their fifth straight victory and ninth win in 10 games while handing Brooklyn its third consecutive defeat and sixth in seven contests.
Though Atkinson stayed clear of accusing the officials of negligence following the ugly incident, Carroll continued to state his case that Nene had taken advantage of a defenseless defender.
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