Cleveland, Ohio 1/27/2012 The Cleveland Cavaliers (7-11) dropped a winnable game against the visiting New Jersey Nets (7-13). The Cavaliers came out sluggish as the Nets held double digit leads throughout most of the game. New Jersey wins back to back games for the first time this season. Deron Williams led the way for the Nets in scoring with 27 points and 10 assists. Morrow chipped in 22 for the Nets as well. Kris Humphries had a big night on the boards for New Jersey grabbing 11. New Jersey is 5-0 when Deron Williams scores 25 points or more.
Cleveland was led by Kyrie Irving scoring a career high 32 points and 7 assists for the Cavaliers. Irving also scored 21 of his 32 in the fourth quarter as the Cavs came all the way back for 15 points down to lose by a final score of 99-96. Antawn Jamison added 20 points for the Cavaliers. Ramon Sessions also chipped in 11 off of the bench for the Cavs. The Cavaliers out rebounded the Nets 45-35. The Cavs and Nets were pretty even in field goal percentage with the Cavs edging the Nets 46.9% to the Nets 45.6%. The difference in the game came to free throws as the Cavs shot just 58.3% from the line and New Jersey shot a respectable 76.2%.
Coach Byron Scott of the Cavaliers said that he was disappointed in the way the team came out to begin the game. Scott also said that the Cavaliers need to come out with high energy every night and that every game is going to be a hard fought battle. The Cavaliers played great in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough.
Next up for the Cavaliers is a home and home with the Boston Celtics (9-9). The first game is Sunday January 29, 2012 in Boston. The next game is in Cleveland on Tuesday January 31, 2012. Boston is led by Paul Pierce with 17.7 ppg. Kevin Garnett leads the Celtics with 7.5 rpg. Rajon Rondo is leading Boston with 9.4 apg.
Cleveland is led by rookie Kyrie Irving with 17.6 ppg and 4.8 apg. Anderson Varejao is leading Cleveland with 11.1 rpg.
Boston is 5-5 in their last 10 games and is 6-5 at home on the year. Cleveland is 3-7 in their last 10 games and is 4-7 on the road this year. Tip Off is at 6:00pm est.
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