In the final game of their 8-game road trip, the Nets were shorthanded, missing two of their starters; Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace. The Cavaliers had their superstar point guard, Kyrie Irving, back in the mix, which would certainly be a tall order on the defensive side of the ball for Deron Williams.
Luckily, Brooklyn got a fantastic effort from MarShon Brooks, who played one of his best games of the year. As a team, they put on an offensive clinic, scoring 66 first-half points while shooting 73 percent from the floor over the first 24 minutes.
From the 30-point halftime lead, it was only a matter of playing out the final two quarters. They finished off the Cavs, beating them handily, 113-95. It was arguably the best team effort we've seen this season.
Brooks finished with a career-high 27 points and seven assists, while D-Will went for 24 points and six assists. Reggie Evans had eight points and 18 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was hard to find anything worth complaining about in this one. Seriously. I tried to find something. Hey, even Kris Joseph got some burn.
With the win, the Nets made history by winning a NBA franchise-best 21 road wins on the season; and finish up the "circus road trip" with a 5-3 record.
Next up, tomorrow night at home against the Bulls.
MarShon Brooks got the start in place of Gerald Wallace and boy did he provide a nice spark early on the offensive side of the ball. Brooks was getting to the rim and also drawing the defense, resulting in easy kicks to Reggie Evans in the paint, resulting in back-to-back assists.
After one, Brooks had 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and two assists. It was about as good of a quarter as Brooks has played in a long time. He helped carry the Nets to a 28-20 lead after one quarter of play.
The Nets continued their hot shooting in the second quarter, with Brooks continuing to put on a show. He scored six quick ones to start the quarter, leaving Byron Scott and the Cavs to only wonder how to stop him.
Andray Blatche also got going in the second, as the Nets continued their offensive clinic. At the midway mark in the second quarter they were shooting just a shade under 70 percent from the floor. Not to mention, Jerry Stackhouse had an amazing throwback dunk in traffic. Everything was coming up Brooklyn.
Brooks reached his season-high of 19 points with four minutes left in the second quarter, on 9-of-9 shooting.
Oh, and did I mention...Deron Williams DUNKED! Yes, it only took 74 games, but D-Will finally got his first dunk of the season.
At the half, the Nets led the Cavs, 66-36, on 73 percent shooting.
The Nets naturally regressed in the second half, since a 73-percent showing from the floor is not sustainable, but they continued to play great basketball, offensively, defensively and off the glass.
Brooklyn just played a fantastic game -- albeit against a Cavs team that entered the night having lost nine straight games, but ... -- winning 113-95.
For more on the Cavaliers, see: Fear The Sword
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- Deron's Big Slam (Video) - NBA.com
- Slammin' It Home (Video) - NBA.com
- Lopez to Stackhouse (Video) - NBA.com
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- Brooks leads Nets to history - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Rapid Reaction: Nets 113, Cavs 95 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Thanks, Cleveland! Nets 113, Cavs 95 (Game Grades) - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Nobody solves a problem like Cleveland - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Rapid Recap: #Nets 113, #Cavs 95 - John Paolantonio - SNY Nets
- Nets rock Cleveland to end road trip - Jason Schott - Brooklyn Fans
- Nets at Cavaliers Recap: History Made - Anthony Dixon - Nets Take Over
- Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed by Nets 113-95 after miserable second quarter - Jason Lloyd - Akron Beacon Journal
- Brooklyn Nets tickets - TiqIQ
- First half game thread - NetsDaily
- Second half game thread - NetsDaily