Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 114, Cavs 101
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: Once again, the Brooklyn Nets built a massive lead.
This time, they didn’t blow it.
The Nets led by as many as 24 and rolled to a 114-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to improve to two games over .500 for the first time since Oct. 29, 2010.
On the strength of 54.5 percent shooting, the Nets (4-2) increased their winning streak to three. Consider: They had only one three-game winning streak all of last season.
INSIDE-OUTSIDE: Deron Williams and Brook Lopez combined for 49 points. D-Will had by far his best game of the season, pouring in 26 points to go along with 10 assists. He shot the ball efficiently (10-for-20) and ran the offense extremely well. Lopez finished with 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting and added seven rebounds.
ANCHOR JOE: Joe Johnson, who went in shooting 36.2 percent, went 9-for-16 from the floor and finished with a season-high 25 points -- 16 in the fourth quarter. Johnson drained three straight 3-pointers in the fourth after the Nets started 0-for-13 from beyond the arc.
BENCH MOB: That’s what Andray Blatche is calling the team’s second unit, so I’ll roll with it. Anyway, the “Bench Mob” helped the Nets outscore the Cavaliers 35-12 in the second quarter by netting 21 points (Blatche and “Anchor Joe” combined for 17 of them).
NET KILLERS: Anderson Varejao, who went into Tuesday night’s game averaging 7.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, had 17 points and seven rebounds -- in the first quarter. The bruising big man finished with 35 points on 16-for-21 shooting and 18 rebounds. Reigning rookie of the year Kyrie Irving added 34 points, eight assists and several highlight-reel plays.
FAST STARTER: Lopez had 11 first-quarter points on 5-for-6 shooting. On the season, Lopez is averaging 8.2 first-quarter points on 69.7 percent from the floor.
CAROM COUNTER: Through six games, Lopez has grabbed 40 rebounds.
INJURY UPDATE: Gerald Wallace (five games missed) and MarShon Brooks (three) sat out again due to sprained left ankles.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Yankees ace CC Sabathia sat courtside for this one. Wonder what he thinks of the revamped Blue Jays. Some of the crowd booed him. Mets fans, perhaps? Jimmy Fallon, sporting a Nets hat, and 2003 Hall of Famer Eddie Murray also were in attendance.
UP NEXT: Nets versus Celtics, Thursday at 8 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center.