Nets Drop Fourth Straight, Fall To Cavs 98-82
CLEVELAND (AP) — Antawn Jamison scored 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers made 16 3-pointers in a 98-82 win over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday.
Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 pick in the draft, had 13 points, four assists and four rebounds for Cleveland (2-2).
Deron Williams led New Jersey (1-4) with 16 points. The Nets dropped their fourth straight game despite having all five starters score in double figures.
Cleveland made 16 of 26 shots from 3-point range, falling one short of the team record for 3s in a game. The Cavaliers made 17 3-pointers in the 2008 and ’09 seasons.
Daniel Gibson’s 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers a 90-78 lead with 4:59 remaining. Gibson finished with 19 points, hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers.
The game featured a matchup between New Jersey guard MarShon Brooks and Irving, the league’s top two rookie scorers. The advantage clearly went to Irving, who came into the game averaging 13.3 points. Brooks entered with a 15.3 average, but was scoreless in 11 minutes, missing all three of his shots.
The Cavaliers trailed 49-43 at halftime, but took over in the third quarter. Irving, who grew up in New Jersey rooting for the Nets, hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the period to start Cleveland’s run. The Cavaliers took a 70-63 lead on Gibson’s 3-pointer late in the quarter.
The Nets have been struggling without center Brook Lopez, last season’s leading scorer with 20.4 points per game. He’s expected to miss a month with a stress fracture in his foot. New Jersey shot 38 percent (27-of-71) from the field and hit 7-of-22 3-pointers Sunday. The Nets came into the game averaging 84 points and shooting 38.9 percent this season, including 29.9 percent from 3-point range.
Alonzo Gee scored 11 points for Cleveland. Anthony Morrow came off the bench to score 15 points for the Nets.
NOTES: Nets F Kris Humphries was jeered by the crowd each time his name was announced. He was rated the least popular player in the league in a recent poll when his marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian ended after 72 days. Humphries set the Quicken Loans Arena record for rebounds in a game with 23 last season. He had 11 points and 11 rebounds Sunday. … The Nets host Indiana on Monday. … Cavaliers C Anderson Varejao started despite injuring his back Friday against Indiana. He picked up two first-quarter fouls and didn’t score until 2:25 remained in the third quarter. He finished the game with 11 rebounds. … Cleveland hosts Charlotte on Tuesday.