#1) Boston Celtics: March 3
These are the types of contests that get immortalized in basketball fandom lore forever. The night that Caris LeVert brought the Nets back from the dead in TD Garden against their rivals, the Boston Celtics, won’t be forgotten about anytime soon and justifiably so.
Not only did this exhibition provide us with LeVert’s career-high and an individual performance that must be rewatched via a condensed YouTube highlight video bi-weekly at minimal, but it also gave us the birth of a cultural phenomenon in the Nets’ community: It gave us Chris Chiozza.
When all appeared lost and this game seemed like another addition to the loss column, then-head coach Kenny Atkinson (still feels weird to say) brought in Chiozza, who had only seen 30 minutes of game action up to that point, and the rest was history.
The tandem of Chiozza and LeVert proved too much for a Celtics team reeling. Who would’ve thought such a sentence would be constructed back in July? But I digress…
LeVert was unstoppable, scoring 51 points on 17-26 shooting and 5-10 from distance—including 37 points in the fourth quarter and OT, which doesn’t sound like a real stat—en route to the come-from-behind victory (the Nets erased a 21-point deficit) in overtime.
In a season marred by untimely injuries and blown opportunities, it’s moments like these that should be cherished. And likely will be.