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Nets Give Cavs a Scare, but Fall Short

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The Nets threatened to hand the Cavs just their second loss at home on Wednesday, but Cleveland was able to hold them off down the stretch to improve to 33-1 record at Quicken Loans Arena. By the end of Wednesday night's action, the Nets were in 11th place in the East, three and a half games behind the 8th place Bulls. Cleveland led most of the night, but the Nets hung around and took a one-point lead with a Keyon Dooling three with 3:53 to go in the game. The lead was shortlived however, and Cleveland answered with a 14-2 run to put the game away. The Nets shot just 41 percent from the field and just 13-20 from the line, but stayed in the game with defense and timely threes. Vince Carter led them with 20 points, but made just seven of his 21 shots. Jarvis Hayes had 18 points on 7-10 shooting, Dooling finished with a double-double, and Chris Douglas-Roberts provided another spark off the bench, with seven points and three assists in 17 minutes. All told, the Nets bench had 41 points. It was the third time in the last four games that the bench scored more than 30 points.