The Nets (12-21) beat the Cavaliers (11-22) tonight by a score of 89-82.
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Three Nets players (Deron Williams – 21, Paul Pierce – 17, Andray Blatche – 12) scored in double figures.
The Nets had a solid first half where they built a 51-38 lead only to see it evaporate in the third quarter where they were outscored 27-16.
Nets outscored the Cavs 22-17 in the fourth quarter to salvage the win.
Reggie Evans scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Brooklyn.
This is the only second time this year the Nets have put a winning streak together with back-to-back wins.
John PaolantonioThis was a game the Nets had to have coming off a solid road win in Oklahoma City and returning home for a season-high four game home stand. The Cavaliers were without Kyrie Irving ,out with a knee contusion, so the necessity to have this game was doubled.
The Nets “small ball” lineup with Livingston/DWill looked good again in the first half as the intensity was high and they ran out to a 51-38 lead only to piss it all away in the first eight minutes of the third quarter. I mean I just don’t get the third quarter jinx this team has but it bit them again tonight.
D-Will had a very nice, aggressive first half with 13 points and four assists but once again his body language began to fade once Cleveland made their run in the third. That defeatist attitude has to be eliminated from his game if the Nets will go anywhere with him as their leader.
A great defensive fourth quarter saved Brooklyn tonight along with the play of Andray Blatche down the stretch.
There are a few positives to take out of this game and one is that his team finally has found some gumption and didn’t give up after spitting up the entire 13 point first half lead.
Brooklyn will be back in action on Monday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks. Tip is at 7:30 PM on YES.