In a game where Joe Johnson was out with the flu and Brook Lopez was dealing with a back injury, the Nets started off hot. By the end of the first quarter, Brooklyn had a 25-22 lead while shooting 55 percent from the floor. There was lots of good ball movement to start the game, as they had eight assists at the time. Kevin Love kept Cleveland close, though, as he had 15 first quarter points. In the second quarter, no team was able create a major gap due to both squads trading baskets. The Cavaliers were able to hold on to a 50-49 lead at halftime despite the Nets still shooting at a higher percentage than them.
No Net was in double figures at the half, but Deron Williams played good, putting up nine points with six assists. With the absence of Lopez, Jerome Jordan was able to provide coach Lionel Hollins with some good minutes, as he had eight points. Kyrie Irving was held scoreless, and LeBron James had only seven points after the first two quarters. Unexpectedly, the Cavs bench played a key role in their first half lead. Dion Waiters had 13 points, while James Jones added nine to provide that spark off the bench.
LeBron came into the third quarter with an offensive mindset, as he scored seven early points that would then lead to a Brooklyn timeout at the 9:47 mark of the quarter. Midway through the quarter, Cleveland would begin their road to domination. Mirza Teletovic, who got the start tonight, would be sent to the locker room at the 4:32 minute mark after getting a cut on the face in a collision with Love. He would not return to the game. James ended the quarter displaying some nice passes, as the Cavaliers went on a 17-2 run. A very different quarter for Brooklyn, as they only scored 18 in the third while they allowed 35 points.
In the early minutes of the fourth quarter, Cleveland went up by as many as 20. Coach Hollins then began to clean out his bench. The Nets concluded the game shooting 44 percent while getting out-rebounded, 55-33. Kevin Garnett was the highest Nets scorer with 14 points and grabbed seven boards. Williams earned a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. Love lead all scorers with 19 while James finished with 18 points and seven assists. Brooklyn just couldn’t bring back the energy they displayed in the first half.
The next matchup for Brooklyn will be against the Chicago Bulls on December 10. For the Cavaliers, they will face off against the Raptors tomorrow, December 9.