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Shorthanded Nets Handle Cavs For Second Straight Win

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The Nets have their first winning streak of the season thanks to a wire-to-wire, 99-96 victory in Cleveland on Friday night.

The Nets have now won three of their last four and four of the last six, the only losses over that stretch coming at the hands of the Bulls and Thunder.

The Nets made seven of their first 10 shots and led 30-20 after the first quarter. The second period was much uglier, but they still led by 10 at halftime. They went up by as many as 16 in the third and by 17 midway through the fourth. The Cavs made a late run to get within four with 16 seconds left, but they never got a chance to tie.

The Nets shot 46 percent from the field and 11-for-28 from 3-point range, turning the ball over just 14 times. Deron Williams led the way once again, scoring 27 points and dishing out 10 assists, hitting five of his nine threes. Anthony Morrow added 22 points and Kris Humphries recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds.