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Cavs Toy With Nets, Put them Away in the Fourth

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The Nets have 47 losses this season, and it seems like most of them have followed the same script. Again on Tuesday in Cleveland, they hung around with a stronger team for about three quarters, before their opponent put them away early in the fourth. The Nets actually led the best team in basketball by eight midway through the first quarter, but the Cavs took the lead for good early in the second. It was a 13-2 Cleveland run to start the fourth that put the game away. The Nets didn't have much trouble scoring, but allowed the Cavs, who were led by LeBron James' 32 points and 11 assists, to shoot 53 percent from the field. Despite his bruised shin, Jarvis Hayes had one of his best games as a Net, scoring 19 points on 8-13 shooting. Courtney Lee added 24 points and seven rebounds, Brook Lopez had 23 and 14, and Keyon Dooling finished with 11 points and seven assists. Chris Douglas-Roberts did not play, but tweets that he was healthy. It was the Nets seventh straight loss, all by fewer than 10 points.