NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Brooklyn|
(Saturday, January 4th)
Final Score: Brooklyn 89, Cleveland 82
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Deron Williams scored 21 points and the
Brooklyn Nets overcame a a two-point effort from Joe Johnson to beat the
Cleveland Cavaliers 89-82 at Barclays Center.
Paul Pierce added 17 points and passed Allen Iverson for 19th place on the
NBA's all-time scoring list. Andray Blatche totaled 12 points and Reggie
Evans, starting in place of a resting Kevin Garnett, pulled down 11 rebounds
to go with eight points.
Johnson, who hit the game-winning jumper in a 95-93 decision at Oklahoma City
on Thursday, shot just 1-of-7 from the field and missed all five of his
attempts from beyond the arc.
Despite Johnson's struggles, the Nets posted their second straight win after
going 1-6 to end December.
"I think we've decided to use the New Year to try and turn things around,"
Dion Waiters had 26 points in a reserve role for the Cavaliers, who lost for
the seventh time in eight games.
Tristan Thompson's layup had the Cavs within 69-67 early in the fourth
quarter, but the Nets scored the ensuing seven points. Blatche's layup capped
the burst, and the Cavaliers didn't get closer than six the rest of the way.
Evans and Williams each scored eight during the opening quarter, staking the
hosts to a 22-17 edge after 12 minutes.
A 3-pointer from Matthew Dellavedova had the Cavs within 35-31 midway through
the second quarter, but the Nets were able to assume control before halftime.
Shaun Livingston threw down a pair of dunks and Williams, and Terry each
drained 3-pointers to widen the gap to 51-38 at the break.
"If you don't come out with energy, they hit you in the mouth first," Waiters
Pierce, who had 11 points in the first half, upped his career total to 24,383,
which surpassed Iverson (24,368).
The Nets went 3-of-13 from the field in the third quarter, when the Cavaliers
rallied thanks to 17 combined points from Waiters and CJ Miles. A 3-pointer
from Miles tied the game at 58 with 2:08 left in the period, but the Cavaliers
trailed 67-65 going to the fourth. That's because Mirza Teletovic hit a shot
from beyond the arc with 14.7 seconds left.
Nets center Brook Lopez underwent successful surgery Saturday morning to
repair the fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot. In addition to the
fracture repair, a second procedure, a first metatarsal osteotomy, was
performed to unload and protect the injured area. He is out for the remainder
of the season ... This was the start of a four-game homestand for the Nets,
who play Atlanta Monday ... The Cavs host Indiana Sunday ... Cleveland, which
shot 36.7 percent from the field, held a 45-33 rebounding advantage ... Miles
had 19 points ... The Nets have won four in a row at home over the Cavs.
01/05 01:23:36 ET