Even on an awful shooting night from the Cavaliers’ Big Three (14 of 46), Cleveland still managed to outlast the Brooklyn Nets 95-91 on Friday night. Without the services of Deron Williams for much of the game (he left in the second quarter with an injury and didn’t return), the Nets didn’t have enough fire power to get over the hump.
LeBron James and Mike Miller led the way for Cleveland. James had 22 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals while Miller added 21 points on the strength of a 7 for 8 shooting night from beyond the arc. The only other Cavalier to score in double figures was Kyrie Irving who finished with 16 points. Kevin Love chipped in with 14 rebounds and three blocks while Tristan Thompson contributed nine points and 10 boards.
Joe Johnson paced the Nets in the defeat with 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting from the floor to go along with five assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals. Mason Plumlee also had a nice showing with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Jarrett Jack added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists while Sergey Karasev chipped in with 12 points, four boards and two steals.
Brandon Davies played 9:35 and registered six points on 2 of 5 shooting from the floor, including 1 of 2 from 3-point land and 50 percent from the free-throw line. He also had a rebound and a blocked shot as well as two turnovers. His first basket came on a midrange jumper late in the first half while his made 3-point shot came just after he entered the game in the third quarter on an assist from Jarrett Jack.
Up next for Davies and the Nets is a visit from the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
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