Every franchise has a pesky team that gives them fits and that appears to be the Cleveland Cavaliers. In their second straight matchup with the Cavs, the Brooklyn Nets found themselves on the opposite side of the final score. In the second round of Cavs vs Nets, the Nets were losers once again, this time by a score of 125-123.
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Kevin Durant was unavailable for this game after playing 50 minutes in the first round of Cavs vs Nets. The Nets play the Heat today, so they wanted to not overwork him. Durant missed all of last season with an Achilles injury.
Irving’s best effort
- Irving is now 0-2 against his former team, who won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.
- Irving led the Nets with 38 points on 14-of-24 shooting and added five assists.
- Despite leading the team in points, he finished with a rating of -11 while on the floor.
Blasted in the paint in Cavs vs Nets
- The Cavaliers outrebounded the Nets 50-29.
- Jarrett Allen scored 19 points, while Larry Nance Jr. added a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Cavaliers scored 70 points in the paint as Brooklyn had no answer in the final 13 minutes.
New Cavs players show off against their former team
- While Allen scored 19 points, Taurean Prince added 13 points.
- Both players were involved in the blockbuster trade that brought James Harden to Brooklyn.
- Harden finished with a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists, but Cleveland’s contributions proved to be greater.
Cavs vs Nets game analysis & commentary
Both losses are ugly for the Nets. After winning their first two games with Harden added to the equation, the Nets have now lost two straight to drop to 9-7 on the season. The Nets came within three points in the third quarter but allowed a 28-11 run to happen in the second half. At that point, there was no coming back.
Collin Sexton was a star during Cavs vs Nets series
Earlier this week, Sexton dropped 42 points in the double-overtime win for Cleveland. This time around, he scored 25 points. In a two-game sweep, the third-year guard has recorded 67 points and 14 assists.
No flow for Brooklyn
At some point, there has to be some form of consistency for the Nets. This starting lineup was the 11th different lineup in 17 games. While rest and injuries happen, the Nets don’t have a true role carved out for everyone. Head coach Steve Nash needs to figure that out soon.
The Nets take on the Miami Heat, who are also coming off a back-to-back. The Heat are the No. 11 seed in the playoffs right now with a 6-8 record. The Heat is coming off a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday.