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Nets Collapse in Face of Cav Onslaught

After playing the 8-2 Cavs to a standstill during the first half, the Nets went into sleep mode in the second half, scoring only 30 points to Cleveland's 57 and turning a close game into a 24-point rout. The Nets once again failed to guard the perimeter--they're last in the league in perimeter defense--and the Cavs took advantage, hitting 10 of 17. The beginning of the third quarter spelled the Nets' demise. Mo Williams tied the game with a 3-pointer off an assist by Lebron James. Then, Delonte West put Cleveland ahead with a 3-pointer and Williams once again nailed a 3-pointer off another James assist. West, who hit all four of his three point attempts, then capped the 12-0 spurt, hitting another 3-pointer off a Williams' assist. James had a typically dominant game, scoring 31 points, and adding eight rebounds, four assists and a remarkable block on Devin Harris. For the Nets, Harris had 23, but only four in the second half and Vince Carter had perhaps his worst game of the season, fouling out after scoring 12 points on 3-of-12 scoring. The Nets' only bright spot was Brook Lopez who had his first career double-double, with 15 points and 13 rebounds. As a starter, Lopez is now averaging 15 points and 9.7 rebounds. The Nets--and 28 other NBA teams--got some good news from James who said winning is paramount to him, not location. "I think you do what is best for you and you do what is best for your career,'' said James.