Final: Brooklyn Nets handle Cleveland Cavaliers, 114-101

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Another blown 20-point lead? Not quite.

The Brooklyn Nets won their third straight game and improved to 4-2 on Tuesday night, using a huge second quarter to pick up a comfortable win, 114-101, over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center.

The Cavs held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Nets, led by Joe Johnson, outscored them 35-12 in the second and led by as many as 24 points early in the third. Of course, the Nets let the lead dwindle all the way down to 10 by the end of the period, but that was as close as the Cavs would get, as Johnson and the bench stemmed the tide early in the fourth.

The Nets shot 55 percent from the field, but just 5-for-22 on threes. Johnson (25 and six) and Deron Williams (26 and 10) combined for 51 points and 16 assists, while Brook Lopez added 23 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Anderson Varejao led the Cavs with 35 points and 18 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving added 34 points and eight assists.

"They hit us in the mouth on both ends of the floor," Irving told SNY. "We got in a hole and it is hard to fight back against a great team like Brooklyn. When a team is making shots like that in the fourth quarter, it is kind of hard to come back.

"Brooklyn is a team to beat… They’re definitely looking forward to the playoffs."

The Nets had just one three-game winning streak last season, which came in late March.


Final - 11.13.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland Cavaliers 30 12 33 26 101
Brooklyn Nets 29 35 21 29 114

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