Nets Falter In Final Minute Once Again, and Deron Williams Doesn't Want to Talk About It

Mar 19, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi (36) during the first half at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

For the second time in three nights, a Nets game came down to the wire at the Prudential Center. And once again, the Nets got the shots they wanted in the final minute, but couldn't put them in the basket. The Cavaliers did, coming away with a 105-100 victory on Monday.

Cleveland led early and were up 30-15 late in the first quarter. Their lead was 15 again midway through the second, but the Nets closed to within three at the half. They took their first lead midway through the third, but immediately gave it up. The game was tied with less than two minutes to go in the fourth, when Cavs rookies Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving put the Cavs up six as Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams each missed drives to the basket.

After Gerald Green hit a three and Irving committed an offensive foul, the Nets had a final chance to tie the game with a three. But Williams threw Kris Humphries a pass he wasn't looking for, and Irving sealed the game at the line.

The Cavs shot 46 percent and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, the last being Thompson's tip-in for the go-ahead basket. He and Irving combined for 53 points. Williams led the Nets with 28 points and eight assists, but again shot poorly (8-for-23). Wallace added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Humphries also finished with a double-double. The Nets' bench shot 6-for-19.

After the game, Williams left the locker room without speaking to reporters, the first time he's done that this season.

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