NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored 27 factors, LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 and Kevin Durant 23 to assist the Brooklyn Nets beat the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers 109-99 on Wednesday.
Patty Mills added 21 factors to present the Nets 4 20-point scorers for the primary time this season. Brooklyn improved to 11-5 with its eighth victory in 10 video games.
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“The great factor is we (got here) away with the win,” Harden mentioned. “We simply (have) to maintain enhancing. No excuses.”
Ricky Rubio led Cleveland with 25 factors, Darius Garland added 24 and Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, and Dean Wade every had 11. The Cavaliers dropped to 9-7.
“Within the second half we collectively competed lots higher than we did within the first half,” Love mentioned. “We gave ourselves an opportunity.”
Cleveland performed with out middle Jarrett Allen (sickness), guard Collin Sexton (torn left meniscus), and forwards Evan Mobley (sprained proper elbow), Lauri Markkanen (conditioning) and Lamar Stevens (sprained proper ankle).
Brooklyn led 62-41 on the half, with Durant scoring 19 factors and Harden 16. Cleveland outscored Brooklyn 32-19 within the third to chop it to 81-73.
“The second half we simply had a meltdown,” Harden mentioned. “They capitalized. They made photographs. We obtained lucky they missed a number of open photographs within the first half. The second half they made a number of them.”
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Brooklyn twice pushed the result in 13 within the fourth quarter, however the Cavaliers outscored the Nets 8-2 in a 2:05 stretch to shut to 96-89 with 4:43 left. Brooklyn completed the sport by outscoring the Cavs 13-10.
“We positively as you talked about and (coach JB Bickerstaff) talked about had been throwing the punches reasonably than simply (absorbing punches),” was how Love analyzed the distinction between the primary and second halves for Cleveland. “Taking pictures the ball with confidence and moving into the lane a lot better. There was a lot we did higher within the second half (and) actually began to make (the Nets) really feel us.”
Love performed in his first sport after clearing COVID-19 protocols. He mentioned he skilled “loopy muscle aches, delicate pores and skin, can’t odor (or) style…muscle spasms, fatigue and chest and head obtained hit fairly powerful as effectively.”
Cavaliers: Host Golden State on Thursday night time.
Nets: Host Orlando on Friday night time.
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