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Nets Come Back in Second Half to Earn Split with Cavs

The Nets recovered from a 12-point second-half deficit to pick up their first road win of the season and earn a home-and-home split with the Cavs on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

The Nets shot just 38 percent in the first half and trailed by 12 after the first possession of the third quarter. Their energy picked up midway through the period and an Anthony Morrow three at the buzzer put them within two heading into the fourth. The teams traded leads in the final period, but after a J.J. Hickson dunk put the Cavs up one with 4:53 to go, the Nets big plays from Jordan Farmar, Kris Humphries, and Morrow to go up seven with 2:19 left. They missed four free throws down the stretch, but got enough stops to hold on for an eight-point win.

The Nets shot just 42 percent from the field overall and just 19-for-35 from the line, but they turned the ball over just nine times and hit eight of their 17 threes. Defensively, they held the Cavs to just 35 points on 14-for-38 shooting in the second half.

Devin Harris led the way with 31 points and nine assists. Morrow added 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and Humphries, a last-minute starter, finished with 13 points and 18 rebounds. Brook Lopez was in foul trouble and ineffective most of the night, scoring just four points in 19 minutes.