Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from a 4th straight win in Phoenix

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A+. 32 MIN, 26 PTS, 10-for-16 (3-for-6), 5 REB (1 ORB), 1 AST, 2 PF, 1 STL, 3 TO, 1 BLK, +9. SG. Brooklyn Nets. CARIS LEVERT

Caris LeVert did turn the ball over three times, including one of his “jump, oh crap I’ve got nowhere to go” passes in the first half, but not even that could put a blemish on a dominant two-way effort.

On a night when many of his teammates struggled to knock down shots, LeVert was an efficient 10-for-16 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from long range. He had the full array of nifty inside moves working on those occasions when the Phoenix defense didn’t create a freeway to the rim.

Defensively, LeVert did most of the work in limiting Suns star Devin Booker to a 6-for-21 shooting night.

It’s games like these that are going to propel LeVert to All-Star status if he’s not careful.

SPENCER DINWIDDIE. A. 30 MIN, 12 PTS, 5-for-7 (2-for-4), 5 REB, 3 AST, 4 PF, 2 STL, 1 BLK, +20. PG/SG. Brooklyn Nets

Spencer Dinwiddie didn’t look to shoot often, but he was money when he did, going 5-for-7 and hitting 2-of-4 from deep.

He was active on the glass with five rebounds and did some of the defensive work on Booker, while also doing a solid job when covering point guards Isaiah Canaan and Elie Okobo.

One knock on Dinwiddie during his terrific 2017-18 campaign was his shooting. He shot just .387/.326/.813 last season, but so far this year is at .483/.431/.762.

It’s almost like he’s trying to be a Most Improved Player finalist for a second straight season or something, although his 14.1 points per game off the bench is among the best marks in the league and could have him in the Sixth Man of the Year discussions as well.