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Nets Escape With Narrow Win Over Cavs, Gain 13th Victory

For most of Monday night, the Nets looked like they were going to be the first team to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers since Dec. 18. But they managed to avoid that embarrassment, coming from behind to hand the Cavs their 17th straight loss, 103-101, thanks to a big bucket from Brook Lopez.

The win was the 13th of the season for the Nets, giving them one more win than all of last season. It was all their third win in the last four.

The Cavs led most of the game, but the Nets took the lead with a Devin Harris drive with 5 1/2 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. They quickly went up five, but the Cavs kept it close and the game went back and forth down the stretch.

With the Nets up three, Joey Graham tied the game with a corner three with 7.1 seconds left. Lopez then gave the Nets the lead with a jump hook with 1.4 seconds to go. Cleveland still had a shot, but Daniel Gibson's three at the buzzer fell short.

Lopez led all scorers with 28 points, adding seven rebounds. Harris (14 points and 10 assists) and Kris Humphries (11 points and 11 boards) each recorded double-doubles, Anthony Morrow added 16 points off the bench, and Derrick Favors had eight points and nine rebounds, all in the first half.