Chris Chiozza scored 8 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3PT), with three rebounds, four assists, and two steals as the Nets rally from a large deficit in the 2nd half to beat the Celtics in overtime, 129-120.
Chiozza was signed to a two-way deal with Brooklyn back in January to be a true backup point guard to Spencer Dinwiddie. He hasn’t seen the floor much at all until the 2nd half of the game tonight against Boston. Chiozza, along with bench guys Rodions Kurucs, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and DeAndre Jordan, played the entire 4th quarter and overtime to carry the Nets back from a large 2nd half deficit to beat the Celtics. Caris LeVert, who became white-hot in the 4th quarter, was the news story of the night with a career-high 51 points, but Chiozza was a big reason for his success. Per Nets beat writer Alex Schiffer, when asked by reporters about LeVert’s big game, Chiozza said “let me bring the ball up, and you’ve got to score, when you get to your spot, you just put your hands up, and I’ll get you the ball.” Chiozza led the team with a +/- of +29 tonight. We wouldn’t rush to the waiver wire to pick him up, but he’s certainly earned some more respect from his coaches and teammates after this one.