Brooklyn Tops Cavs at The Q
Wrap-Up – The third period was supposed to be the Wine and Gold’s Achilles heel, but the blues came a quarter early on Wednesday night as the Nets shot an eye-popping 83 percent in the second period, taking a 30-point lead into the locker room and coasting to the 113-95 win over the Cavaliers at The Q.
Even with Kyrie Irving back in the lineup, the Cavaliers were flat in the first half and trailed by as many as 34 in the second stanza as they saw their season-long losing streak extend to ten games.
Irving and Marreese Speights led Cleveland with 16 points apiece, with Kyrie adding a team-high six assists and Speights leading the squad with 10 boards. Tyler Zeller chipped in with 14 points and Tristan Thompson added eight points and eight boards in the loss. C.J. Miles rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures with 11 points.
Turning Point – The Cavaliers went into the second period trailing by just eight points – 28-20. But things spiraled quickly from there. In the quarter, Brooklyn’s starting backcourt of MarShon Brooks and Deron Williams were a combined 8-for-8 from the floor – teaming for 21 points in the period. From the 7:17 mark until the half came to its merciful end, the Nets outscored Cleveland, 28-8.
Game Ball – Marreese Speights – For the second straight game, the four-year pro from Florida brought big energy from the bench. In almost 22 minutes of action, Speights was 7-for-13 from the floor, grabbing six of his team-high 10 boards off the offensive glass. He was 2-of-2 from the stripe with a steal and an assist.
By the Numbers – 42.5 … points per game the Cavaliers bench has averaged over their last two outings.
Quotable – Coach Byron Scott, on the Cavaliers lack of effort in the first half …
“Nowadays, playing hard seems to be a skill. Playing hard is your job, simple as that. And basically, that’s all that we ask of you – to play hard every single night, not every other night. I don’t know, to be honest with you, why we came out the way we did tonight.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers travel to Boston for a Friday night meeting with the Celtics before returning to Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday when the Magic roll in. On Tuesday night, Cleveland travels to Indiana for an intra-division matchup with the Pacers.