Rapid Reaction: Nets 113, Cavs 95


WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets are guaranteed to finish with a winning road record for the first time in the franchise's NBA history.

They wrapped up their eight-game, 17-day circus trip with their franchise-record 21st road win of the season, 113-95, over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

The Nets (43-31), who led by as many as 34, finished 5-3 on the trip and improved to 27-4 against sub-.500 teams. It's the first time they've won five games on a single road trip in franchise history.

MarShon Brooks, starting in place of the injured Joe Johnson, hit his first 10 shots and finished with a career-high 27 points on 12-for-16 shooting. He also tied his career high with seven assists.

Deron Williams notched 24 points and eight assists in just 27 minutes. C.J. Watson, who came in shooting 54.4 percent from 3-point range in his previous 21 games, went 4-for-4 from downtown. Reggie Evans snagged 18 rebounds.

Johnson (heel) and Gerald Wallace (foot) sat out, but their teammates didn't need them.

Brooklyn shot 56.6 percent from the field, went 10-for-21 from 3-point range and recorded a season-high 31 assists.

15-FOR-18: That's what the Nets went from the field in the second quarter. They shot a season-high 73 percent in the first half, got 37 points combined from D-Will (18) and Brooks (19, on 9-for-9 shooting) and led by 30. Their 66 first-half points also set a season high for any half.

71: That's how many games it took D-Will to record his first dunk of the season. His ankles really must be all right. Dunk No. 1 -- a one-hander -- came off a nice crossover dribble by Williams late in the second quarter. He went by Wayne Ellington and had a clear path to the rim for the flush. Williams trails Jerry Stackhouse on the season, two dunks to one.

D-Will, who went 4-for-6 from downtown, is five 3-pointers away from tying Kerry Kittles for the single-season franchise record (158 in 1996-97).

DEBUTANT: Kris Joseph, signed to a 10-day contract Tuesday, saw his first minutes as a Net late in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Chicago Bulls, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Barclays Center.