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LeVert's basket gives Nets 107-105 win over Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Caris LeVert had the ball in his hands in the final seconds and the chance to give his team the lead.

Two nights earlier, he fumbled it away.

He made the most of his second chance Friday.

LeVert's driving layup with a second left gave the Brooklyn Nets their first victory of the season, 107-105 over the New York Knicks.

LeVert had a career-high 28 points, surpassing the 27 points he scored Wednesday night in Detroit in a close loss. He made sure they pulled this one out, driving right into the lane and putting up the tiebreaking shot over Tim Hardaway Jr.

After the game he said, `Coach, I owed you one,''' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

The Nets trailed by one in Detroit when LeVert lost the ball out of bounds with 8.5 seconds left, and they lost by three. But Brooklyn called his number again and he finished up his 15-point final quarter.

''Kenny had a lot of confidence to go back to me tonight and I just wanted to come through,'' LeVert said.

D'Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen each added 15 points for the Nets. They improved to 6-1 in home openers since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.

Hardaway and Enes Kanter each scored 29 points for the Knicks, who were trying for just their third 2-0 start in 20 years. Kanter tied it on a three-point play with 15.9 seconds remaining but all they could manage for a final shot after LeVert's basket was a long 3-pointer by Hardaway that wasn't close.

Hardaway was disappointed he didn't do more to stop LeVert, his college teammate at Michigan.

''I felt like I could have defended it a lot better. He's been going right the whole entire game so I've just got to know that,'' Hardaway said.

The Nets were still without starting forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who just became a father, and DeMarre Carroll, who had right ankle surgery. But they got back Allen Crabbe, their normal starting guard who came off the bench after missing the opener while recovering sprained left ankle.

They shot 70 percent in the first quarter and were in control until early in the second half. Then, Kanter and Frank Ntilikina had a couple of baskets apiece in an 11-0 run that wiped out a 10-point deficit and gave the Knicks a 66-65 lead on Hardaway's 3-pointer.

New York was ahead 76-74 after three quarters and neither team led by more than six in a back-and-forth final 12 minutes.

TIP-INS

Knicks: New York's previous 2-0 starts were in 2012-13 and 1999-00. ... G Courtney Lee, sidelined by a neck injury since the preseason, experienced spasms when he picked up his workout level, delaying his season debut. ... G Emmanual Mudiay didn't like the way his sprained right ankle responded when he tried putting more pressure on it and remained out, with coach David Fizdale saying he would be day to day.

Nets: Joe Harris' first 3-pointer was his 237th a Net, moving him into 10th place on the franchise's career list. Next up for Harris, in his third season with Brooklyn, is recently retired Richard Jefferson (286), who is now a Nets' analyst for YES Network. ... F Traveon Graham strained his left hamstring in the first half and missed the rest of the game.

BOUNCING BACK

Knicks rookie Kevin Knox finished with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting off the bench and was in the game down the stretch. The No. 9 pick in the draft struggled late in preseason to lose what was expected to be a starting spot and shot 4 for 16 on Wednesday in the opener. He said nothing in particular led to his better night.

''I got some wide-open looks the last few games. Today I got some good looks and just the difference is I was making them tonight,'' Knox said.

SIZZLING START

The Nets made 11 of their first 14 shots from the field.

QBS IN THE CROWD

Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh McCown were at the game.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Boston on Saturday night.

Nets: Visit Indiana on Saturday night.

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Key Players
T. Hardaway Jr.
3 G
C. LeVert
22 SG
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
27.0 Pts. Per Game 27.0
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
42.6 Field Goal % 58.1
43.3 Three Point % 52.2
93.3 Free Throw % 89.5
  Team rebound 0:00
  Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 2 Caris LeVert made driving layup 0:01
+ 1 Enes Kanter made free throw 0:15
  Shooting foul on D'Angelo Russell 0:15
+ 2 Enes Kanter made driving layup, assist by Trey Burke 0:15
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Knox 0:31
+ 1 Caris LeVert made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:13
  Shooting foul on Lance Thomas 1:13
+ 2 Tim Hardaway Jr. made jump shot 1:33
+ 3 Caris LeVert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jared Dudley 1:55
Team Stats
Points 105 107
Field Goals 39-97 (40.2%) 37-75 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 12-30 (40.0%)
Free Throws 18-20 (90.0%) 21-24 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 41 60
Offensive 12 12
Defensive 24 43
Team 5 5
Assists 14 22
Steals 10 2
Blocks 1 6
Turnovers 3 22
Fouls 20 23
Technicals 1 2
29 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
28 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Knicks 1-0 24262629105
home team logo Nets 0-1 33241733107
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 1-0 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Nets 0-1 111.4 PPG 40.4 RPG 19.2 APG
Key Players
E. Kanter C PPG RPG APG FG%
C. LeVert SG 13.7 PPG 3.8 RPG 3.9 APG 42.9 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Kanter C 29 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
C. LeVert SG 28 PTS 6 REB 5 AST
40.2 FG% 49.3
32.1 3PT FG% 40.0
90.0 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Kanter 29 10 2 12/18 0/1 5/5 2 35 1 0 0 3 7 +2 44
T. Hardaway Jr. 29 2 0 10/25 3/8 6/7 1 36 3 0 2 0 2 +2 32
F. Ntilikina 9 1 4 4/9 1/4 0/0 1 30 3 0 0 0 1 +6 21
T. Burke 8 5 4 3/11 2/5 0/0 1 29 1 0 0 3 2 +4 22
L. Thomas 0 2 2 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 21 1 0 0 1 1 -3 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Kanter 29 10 2 12/18 0/1 5/5 2 35 1 0 0 3 7 +2 44
T. Hardaway Jr. 29 2 0 10/25 3/8 6/7 1 36 3 0 2 0 2 +2 32
F. Ntilikina 9 1 4 4/9 1/4 0/0 1 30 3 0 0 0 1 +6 21
T. Burke 8 5 4 3/11 2/5 0/0 1 29 1 0 0 3 2 +4 22
L. Thomas 0 2 2 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 21 1 0 0 1 1 -3 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Knox 17 6 0 7/14 3/4 0/0 3 28 0 0 0 3 3 -4 23
A. Trier 8 3 0 2/8 0/1 4/4 0 15 1 0 1 1 2 -1 11
M. Hezonja 2 1 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 0 1 -11 5
N. Vonleh 2 6 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 3 11 0 1 0 1 5 +1 9
R. Baker 1 0 1 0/3 0/3 1/2 5 18 0 0 0 0 0 -6 3
C. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Mudiay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 36 14 39/97 9/28 18/20 20 236 10 1 3 12 24 -10 177
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. LeVert 28 6 5 8/13 2/5 10/11 3 32 0 0 4 1 5 0 40
D. Russell 15 5 6 5/12 2/4 3/3 2 33 1 1 4 1 4 +1 30
J. Allen 15 11 0 6/8 0/1 3/4 0 33 0 4 2 3 8 +1 28
J. Harris 11 4 1 4/6 3/4 0/0 5 22 0 0 4 0 4 +2 13
J. Dudley 7 5 3 3/5 1/2 0/0 2 27 1 0 0 1 4 +3 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. LeVert 28 6 5 8/13 2/5 10/11 3 32 0 0 4 1 5 0 40
D. Russell 15 5 6 5/12 2/4 3/3 2 33 1 1 4 1 4 +1 30
J. Allen 15 11 0 6/8 0/1 3/4 0 33 0 4 2 3 8 +1 28
J. Harris 11 4 1 4/6 3/4 0/0 5 22 0 0 4 0 4 +2 13
J. Dudley 7 5 3 3/5 1/2 0/0 2 27 1 0 0 1 4 +3 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Kurucs 11 5 0 3/8 1/3 4/4 0 17 0 0 2 2 3 0 14
S. Dinwiddie 10 3 6 4/12 2/6 0/0 4 31 0 0 4 1 2 +2 21
E. Davis 5 10 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 14 0 0 0 2 8 -1 17
A. Crabbe 5 4 0 2/7 1/5 0/0 4 18 0 1 1 0 4 +1 9
T. Graham 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 1 1 1 +1 1
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Carroll - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hollis-Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Musa - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 55 22 37/75 12/30 21/24 23 236 2 6 22 12 43 +10 192