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Caris LeVert leads Nets to rout of Suns for Brooklyn’s third win in last four

November 7, 2018

Caris LeVert scored 26 points, D’Angelo Russell added 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the struggling Phoenix Suns 104-82 on Tuesday night.

The Nets won their third game in the past four, while the Suns have lost eight of nine.

Devin Booker led Phoenix with 20 points but made just 6 of 21 shots. Deandre Ayton had 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.

Brooklyn held the Suns to a season low in points and field goal shooting at 34.6 percent.

Caris LeVert rises to guard Devin Booker on a night when he scores 26 points on the other end. (Rick Scuteri / AP)

The Suns went on a 9-0 run to turn a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to a 63-58 difference on Trevor Ariza’s corner 3 with 5:31 to play. The Nets regained a 14-point lead, 74-60, with Spencer Dinwiddie’s 3 at the 2:18 mark.

Phoenix never threatened in the fourth, the Suns’ cold shooting helping the Nets remain in control. Ed Davis’ dunk made it 92-74 with 4:15 to play.

The Nets’ strategy seemed to be to let the 7-foot-1 Ayton shoot mid-range shots rather than allow him to work inside the paint. It worked for much of the game, as the Suns’ high-profile rookie made just 6 of 17 shots.

Both teams struggled to hit shots in the first quarter, with field goal percentages of less than 40 both ways.

The Nets, up two after one quarter, led by 13 during the second quarter. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s short turnaround bank shot made it 47-34 with 2:53 to go before halftime.

Phoenix got back-to-back 3s from Mikal Bridges and Ariza to cut the lead to 50-42, and the Suns trailed by 10 at the half.

Suns backup center Richaun Holmes had season highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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