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Nets hang tough, but Cavs take control in second half


By Sam Amico, for NBA.com
Posted Tuesday December 15, 2009 11:16PM

CLEVELAND (NBA.com exclusive) -- If there's one positive New Jersey can take from its 99-89 road loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, it's that the starters were still in at the end.

That's not to intended to trash the Nets, who can point to things such as youth, injuries and an offseason makeover to justify their wretched start.

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Brook Lopez and Jamario Moon get tangled up in the Cavs' win in Cleveland.
David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images

Rather, it's to show that even a team like the Nets, with their 2-23 record, is capable of battling and improving. Who cares that the Nets were playing a team considered to be among the league's elite?

The Nets turned this into an ugly, plodding affair -- which is pretty much what needed to happen if they were to have a chance. So they slowed it down, pounded the ball inside to center Brook Lopez, and let him do his thing.

It was a strategy that did the trick early, as Lopez scored 20 points in the first half and the Nets shot a whopping 23 free throws. But the Cavaliers are a championship contender for a reason, and much of it has to do with their ability to take away what the opponent is doing well.

"[The Nets] got a lot of their points (18) from the line in the first half," said Cavs guard Anthony Parker. "It took us out of our rhythm. So we wanted to keep being physical without all the fouling in the second half."

The Cavs (18-7) did exactly that, as the Nets took just six foul shots and Lopez scored just two points in the final two quarters combined.

"We got the win," said Cavs coach Mike Brown. "It was an ugly, slow game, but we'll take it."

When you consider how this game was played, it should come as no surprise that the most discussed moment of the night wasn't a Shaquille O'Neal dunk or LeBron James look-away pass, but a foul committed by Nets' guard Devin Harris.

Harris practically (and accidentally) almost took off the head of Cavs forward Jamario Moon as Moon rose for a breakaway dunk. That came with 3:48 remaining in the game and resulted in a flagrant-two foul and automatic ejection for Harris.

James quickly approached and wrapped his arms around Harris underneath the basket, but it was clear no one intended to fight. In fact, no one really seemed the least bit upset by it, including Moon.

"I don't have a beef with anyone in the league," Moon said. "I don't feel like it was intentional. It wasn't that bad. It wasn't as bad as it looked."

Nets interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe agreed.

"I really thought Devin was just trying to stop [Moon] from scoring," Vandeweghe said. "He got him in an unfortunate place and I understand the call. But I think Devin's intent was to just stop him from scoring."

O'Neal was involved in the aftermath, rushing to the scene but seemingly with the intent to make sure things didn't get out of hand.

"It was a hard foul, so I just wanted to make sure nobody got into a squabble," O'Neal said. "There was a grab here, a grab there, everywhere a grab-grab."

As for the rest of the game, the Cavs shot a sizzling 58 percent (39-for-67) from the floor -- but just 63 percent (17-for-27) from the free-throw line. They also committed 14 turnovers, compared to just eight for the Nets.

In other words, the focus and consistency issues continue for the team that finished with the league's best regular-season record last year.

"It's something we have to continue trying to figure out," Brown said. "We talked about it this morning at shootaround. Of our seven losses, five have come against sub.-500 teams. Hopefully, in time and no matter who we're facing, we'll do what we need to get a win. We want to play at a high level, but also a consistent level."

James led the Cavs with team highs of 23 points and seven assists. O'Neal and backup center Zydrunas Ilgauskas each scored 16, and Mo Williams added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

For the Nets, Lopez grabbed 15 rebounds to go with his 22 points. Harris also scored 22 and Rafer Alston had 20 off the bench.

"I thought guys gave great effort," Harris said. "I thought the ball moved and we attacked them with the pick-and-roll. We just didn't get enough stops at the end. ... [But] that's the kind of effort we need."

Nets
Cavaliers
     
    • 39.0%

    • 58.2%

    • 27.8%

    • 30.8%

    • 82.8%

    • 63.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
NJN CLE
Total Rebounds 5 8
Offensive Rebounds 15 8
Turnovers 8 14
Fast Break Pts: 9 12
Biggest Lead: 0 15
Points in the Paint: 30 58
NJN CLE
p 2 players   22 James   23
rb Lopez   15 2 players   8
a 2 players   3 James   7
s Najera   2 James   2
b 2 players   1 2 players   3
 
  • 11/09 - CLE @ NJN
  • 11/10 - NJN @ CLE
  • 01/24 - CLE @ NJN
  • 03/23 - NJN @ CLE
New Jersey Nets (12-70)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Hassell F-G 35:36 2-6 0-0 0-0 -9 4 3 7 1 4 0 0 1 1 4
J. Boone F-C 28:01 3-4 0-0 1-2 -8 3 2 5 1 0 1 0 0 1 7
B. Lopez C 40:03 6-17 0-0 10-11 -3 5 10 15 2 2 0 1 1 2 22
C. Lee G 41:50 3-14 0-5 2-2 0 1 3 4 2 2 1 2 0 0 8
D. Harris G 37:29 7-18 0-4 8-8 -16 0 0 0 3 1 1 3 0 0 22
E. Najera   14:52 1-2 0-1 0-2 +1 2 1 3 1 4 2 1 0 0 2
T. Williams   13:14 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
R. Alston   18:37 7-14 4-7 2-2 -6 0 1 1 3 3 1 1 0 2 20
B. Simmons   10:18 1-1 1-1 0-0 -9 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3
T. Battie DND - Right Groin Strain
K. Dooling DND - Sore Hip Flexors
S. Williams DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 30-77 5-18 24-29   15 21 36 13 21 6 8 2 7 89
  39.0% 27.8% 82.8%   team rebs: 5 total to: 10
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-21)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
L. James F 40:28 9-19 1-5 4-6 +7 1 5 6 7 3 2 6 0 0 23
J. Hickson F 12:09 3-3 0-0 0-0 +4 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 6
S. O'Neal C 24:54 7-9 0-0 2-6 -4 3 2 5 2 3 1 1 3 1 16
A. Parker G 20:35 2-4 1-2 0-0 -4 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 5
M. Williams G 37:11 5-8 2-4 1-4 +11 1 7 8 6 4 0 4 0 0 13
A. Varejao   19:18 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 4
Z. Ilgauskas   22:11 7-9 0-0 2-3 +12 1 4 5 1 2 1 2 3 0 16
D. Gibson   22:36 2-5 0-1 4-4 +11 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 8
J. Moon   26:47 2-6 0-1 4-4 +9 1 7 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 8
D. Jackson   13:25 0-1 0-0 0-0 +4 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
J. Williams   00:26 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Karl DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 39-67 4-13 17-27   8 33 41 23 23 5 14 7 2 99
  58.2% 30.8% 63.0%   team rebs: 8 total to: 14

inactive

  • Nets: Douglas-Roberts, Hayes, Yi
  • Cavaliers: Green, Powe, West

technical fouls

  • Nets: --
  • Cavaliers: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 0
  • Times Tied: 0

arena stats

  • Arena: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • Officials: #15 Bennett Salvatore, #46 Matt Boland, #50 Olandis Poole
  • Attendance: 20562
  • Duration: 2:22
New Jersey Nets (3-31) Cleveland Cavaliers (28-9)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball O'Neal vs Lopez (Hickson gains possession)
  11:36
[CLE 2-0]
O'Neal Running Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Hickson (1 AST) 
Lopez Jump Shot: Missed  11:25  
  11:24 Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:01
[CLE 4-0]
Hickson Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: O'Neal (1 AST) 
  10:51 Hickson Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Harris Jump Shot: Missed  10:46  
Lopez Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:45  
  10:33 Williams Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Harris Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  10:33
[NJN 1-4]
 
Harris Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  10:33
[NJN 2-4]
 
  10:21
[CLE 6-2]
O'Neal Reverse Slam Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST) 
Harris Jump Shot: Missed  10:01  
  10:00 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Lopez Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  09:48  
  09:48
[CLE 7-2]
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  09:48 O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Boone Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:47  
  09:37 Hickson Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Harris Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  09:37
[NJN 3-7]
 
Harris Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  09:37
[NJN 4-7]
 
  09:18
[CLE 9-4]
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:10  
Lee Jump Shot: Missed  08:59  
  08:58 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:40 James Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:39  
Lee Jump Shot: Missed  08:26  
Lopez Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  08:25  
Lopez Tip Shot: Missed  08:25  
  08:23 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:17
[CLE 11-4]
Williams Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Lee Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  08:15  
  07:57
[CLE 13-4]
Parker Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST) 
  07:39 O'Neal Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Boone Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:39
[NJN 5-13]
 
Boone Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:39  
  07:38 Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:21
[CLE 15-5]
Hickson Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST) 
Lopez Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Hassell (1 AST)  06:56
[NJN 7-15]
 
  06:37
[CLE 17-7]
O'Neal Jump Hook Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Parker (2 AST) 
Lopez Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:21
[NJN 9-17]
 
  06:21 Hickson Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  06:21 Hickson Substitution replaced by Varejao 
Lopez Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  06:21
[NJN 10-17]
 
  06:02 Williams Jump Shot: Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  06:01  
Hassell Jump Shot: Missed  05:46  
Lopez Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  05:44  
Lopez Reverse Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  05:41
[NJN 12-17]
 
  05:21
[CLE 19-12]
James Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: O'Neal (2 AST) 
Lopez Jump Shot: Missed Block: O'Neal (1 BLK)  05:05  
  05:03 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:52
[CLE 22-12]
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST) 
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  04:36  
  04:35 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:19 Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Harris (1 ST) 
Harris Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Lopez (1 AST)  04:15
[NJN 14-22]
 
  03:53 O'Neal Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hassell (1 BLK) 
Lopez Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  03:51  
  03:34 Varejao Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  03:34 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
  03:34 Williams Substitution replaced by Gibson 
Lopez Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  03:34
[NJN 15-22]
 
Lopez Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  03:34
[NJN 16-22]
 
  03:16 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
Lee Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:15  
  03:08 Varejao Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Boone Substitution replaced by Najera  03:08  
Harris Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  03:08
[NJN 17-22]
 
  03:08 Parker Substitution replaced by Moon 
Harris Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  03:08
[NJN 18-22]
 
  02:47 Varejao Jump Shot: Missed Block: Lopez (1 BLK) 
Hassell Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:45  
Lee 3pt Shot: Missed  02:23  
  02:21 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Lee Foul : Personal (1 PF)  02:17  
  02:17 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:17 Varejao Substitution replaced by Jackson 
  02:02
[CLE 24-18]
James Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  01:59 Gibson Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Harris Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  01:59
[NJN 19-24]
 
Harris Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  01:59
[NJN 20-24]
 
Najera Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:47  
  01:39
[CLE 26-20]
James Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Ilgauskas (1 AST) 
Lee Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ilgauskas (1 ST)  01:21  
Najera Foul : Personal (2 PF)  01:21  
  01:21 Ilgauskas Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:21 Team Rebound 
  01:21
[CLE 27-20]
Ilgauskas Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Harris Layup Shot: Missed  01:06  
Najera Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  01:05  
Najera Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lee (1 AST)  00:51.8
[NJN 22-27]
 
  00:27.9
[CLE 30-22]
James 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  00:03.5  
Team Rebound  00:03.5  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:03.5  
  00:03.5 Moon Substitution replaced by Williams 
  00:00.0 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 1st Quarter
New Jersey Nets (3-31) Cleveland Cavaliers (28-9)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Lopez Running Bank shot: Made (11 PTS)  11:34
[NJN 24-30]
 
Williams Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:10  
Hassell Substitution replaced by Alston  11:10  
  11:10 Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  11:10 Team Rebound 
Lopez Substitution replaced by Simmons  11:10  
Najera Substitution replaced by Boone  11:10  
  11:10
[CLE 31-24]
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Harris Floating Jump shot: Missed  10:55  
  10:53 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Simmons Foul : Personal (1 PF)  10:46  
  10:35
[CLE 33-24]
Gibson Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST) 
Alston Layup Shot: Missed Block: Gibson (1 BLK)  10:20  
  10:18 Gibson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Simmons Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  10:18  
  10:18
[CLE 34-24]
Gibson Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  10:18
[CLE 35-24]
Gibson Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Alston Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:03
[NJN 26-35]
 
  09:39
[CLE 37-26]
Ilgauskas Hook Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Alston Jump Shot: Missed Block: Ilgauskas (1 BLK)  09:33  
  09:32 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:32 Ilgauskas Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Alston 3pt Shot: Missed  09:20  
  09:19 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:12
[CLE 39-26]
Gibson Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
  09:02 Williams Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Harris Substitution replaced by Lee  09:02  
Lee Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Alston (1 AST)  08:55
[NJN 28-39]
 
  08:38
[CLE 41-28]
Moon Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST) 
Williams Layup Shot: Missed Block: Ilgauskas (2 BLK)  08:17  
  08:15 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:05 Jackson Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO) 
Timeout : Official  08:05  
  08:05 Williams Substitution replaced by James 
Lee Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Alston (2 AST)  07:55
[NJN 30-41]
 
Boone Substitution replaced by Lopez  07:44  
  07:34
[CLE 43-30]
Ilgauskas Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST) 
Lopez Jump Shot: Missed  07:07  
  07:05 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:45
[CLE 45-30]
Ilgauskas Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
  06:35 Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Lopez Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  06:35
[NJN 31-45]
 
Lopez Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  06:35
[NJN 32-45]
 
  06:23 James Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Alston Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:22  
Simmons 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Alston (3 AST)  06:13
[NJN 35-45]
 
Simmons Foul : Personal (3 PF)  05:55  
  05:55 Team Timeout : Regular 
Simmons Substitution replaced by Najera  05:55  
  05:51
[CLE 47-35]
Ilgauskas Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST) 
Lopez Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:51  
  05:51
[CLE 48-35]
Ilgauskas Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS) 
  05:42 Ilgauskas Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  05:42 Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by O'Neal 
  05:30 O'Neal Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Lopez Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  05:30
[NJN 36-48]
 
Alston Substitution replaced by Harris  05:30  
Lopez Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:30  
  05:29 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:04 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  05:01  
Lopez Jump Hook Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Harris (1 AST)  04:48
[NJN 38-48]
 
  04:30 Gibson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  04:29  
  04:22 Jackson Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  04:22 Gibson Substitution replaced by Williams 
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  04:22
[NJN 39-48]
 
  04:22 Jackson Substitution replaced by Varejao 
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  04:22  
  04:20 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Najera Foul : Personal (3 PF)  04:15  
  04:15
[CLE 49-39]
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Williams Substitution replaced by Hassell  04:15  
  04:15 O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Lee Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:13  
Lee 3pt Shot: Missed  04:06  
  04:04 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  04:02 James Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
  03:52 Moon Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  03:52 Moon Substitution replaced by Parker 
Najera Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:52  
Team Rebound  03:52  
Najera Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:52  
  03:51 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:37 James Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Najera (1 ST) 
  03:30 Varejao Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Najera Substitution replaced by Boone  03:30  
  03:30 Varejao Substitution replaced by Jackson 
Lopez Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS)  03:30
[NJN 40-49]
 
Lopez Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  03:30
[NJN 41-49]
 
Hassell Foul : Personal (1 PF)  03:15  
  03:15 James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:15 Team Rebound 
  03:15
[CLE 50-41]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:15  
Lopez Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  03:01  
  02:49 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hassell Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:48  
Lopez Layup Shot: Missed  02:34  
  02:32 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  02:26 Williams Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Lee (1 ST) 
Lee Dunk Shot: Missed  02:12  
Lopez Rebound (Off:4 Def:5)  02:10  
Lopez Putback Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS)  02:10
[NJN 43-50]
 
  01:48 Jackson Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:44 O'Neal Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:43 O'Neal Slam Dunk Shot: Missed 
Lee Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:40  
Harris Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS)  01:31
[NJN 45-50]
 
  01:13 James Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  01:13 James Turnover : Foul (3 TO) 
Lopez Substitution replaced by Simmons  01:13  
Harris Jump Shot: Missed  00:58.8  
  00:57.3 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:46.8 James Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:44.8 O'Neal Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  00:44.6
[CLE 52-45]
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Harris Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST)  00:28.9  
  00:26.1 James Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  00:26.1 James Turnover : Foul (4 TO) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:26.1  
  00:26.1 James Substitution replaced by Gibson 
  00:26.1 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Williams 
  00:26.1 Williams Substitution replaced by Moon 
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:00.7 Jackson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
End of 2nd Quarter
New Jersey Nets (3-31) Cleveland Cavaliers (28-9)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  11:37  
  11:36 Team Rebound 
  11:25 Lee Violation:Kicked Ball 
  11:13 O'Neal Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO) 
Lopez Jump Shot: Missed Block: O'Neal (2 BLK)  10:56  
Boone Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  10:55  
Lee 3pt Shot: Missed  10:52  
Lopez Rebound (Off:5 Def:5)  10:50  
Lopez Tip Shot: Missed  10:50  
Hassell Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  10:47  
Harris Jump Shot: Missed  10:29  
Boone Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  10:28  
Boone Putback Dunk Shot: Made (3 PTS)  10:28
[NJN 47-52]
 
  10:08
[CLE 54-47]
O'Neal Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Parker (3 AST) 
Hassell Layup Shot: Missed  09:44  
Lee Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:40  
Lee Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:38
[NJN 49-54]
 
  09:14 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  09:13  
Boone Layup Shot: Missed Block: O'Neal (3 BLK)  08:49  
Boone Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  08:48  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  08:48  
  08:27
[CLE 56-49]
Hickson Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST) 
Boone Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Harris (2 AST)  08:02
[NJN 51-56]
 
  07:43
[CLE 59-51]
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (7 AST) 
  07:27 Williams Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Lopez Jump Shot: Missed  07:22  
  07:21 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  07:15
[CLE 61-51]
Williams Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Lee Jump Shot: Missed  06:52  
Hassell Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  06:50  
Hassell Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:47
[NJN 53-61]
 
  06:26 Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Boone (1 ST) 
Harris Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS)  06:07
[NJN 55-61]
 
  05:37 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:5 Def:6)  05:36  
Harris Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Boone (1 AST)  05:30
[NJN 57-61]
 
  05:30 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:30 Hickson Substitution replaced by Varejao 
  05:04
[CLE 63-57]
James Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Parker (4 AST) 
Boone Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Harris (3 AST)  04:39
[NJN 59-63]
 
  04:21 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
Boone Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  04:20  
  04:09 Varejao Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
  04:09 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
  04:09 Parker Substitution replaced by Gibson 
Lopez Free Throw 1 of 2 (21 PTS)  04:09
[NJN 60-63]
 
Lopez Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS)  04:09
[NJN 61-63]
 
  03:54 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:5 Def:7)  03:52  
Harris Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:James (1 ST)  03:42  
  03:31
[CLE 65-61]
James Running Bank shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Hassell Layup Shot: Missed  03:18  
  03:17 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  03:08
[CLE 67-61]
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Hassell Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  03:08  
  03:08 Varejao Substitution replaced by Moon 
  03:08
[CLE 68-61]
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (17 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:05  
Boone Substitution replaced by Alston  03:05  
Hassell Jump Shot: Missed Block: Ilgauskas (3 BLK)  02:45  
Team Rebound  02:45  
Lee Jump Shot: Missed  02:42  
  02:41 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  02:24
[CLE 70-61]
James Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Williams (3 AST) 
Hassell Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  02:10
[NJN 63-70]
 
  01:51 Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) 
Lopez Jump Shot: Missed  01:30  
  01:29 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  01:08 Gibson Running Bank shot: Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:5 Def:8)  01:05  
Alston 3pt Shot: Missed  00:58.9  
  00:57.6 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  00:48.9 James Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
  00:47.4 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  00:47.4
[CLE 72-63]
Ilgauskas Putback Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Harris Jump Shot: Missed  00:26.9  
  00:25.4 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Hassell Foul : Personal (3 PF)  00:11.6  
  00:00.0 James Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:48 Moon Alley Oop Layup shot: Missed 
Hassell Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  11:48  
  11:48 Moon Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Harris Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS)  11:34
[NJN 65-72]
 
Lopez Foul : Defense 3 Second (2 PF)  11:18  
Lee Substitution replaced by Najera  11:18  
  11:18
[CLE 73-65]
James Free Throw Technical (20 PTS) 
Hassell Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  11:09  
  11:09
[CLE 74-65]
Gibson Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Hassell Substitution replaced by Williams  11:09  
  11:09
[CLE 75-65]
Gibson Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Alston 3pt Shot: Missed  10:53  
  10:52 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  10:40 Ilgauskas Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Najera (2 ST) 
Najera Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:James (2 ST)  10:35  
  10:10 Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:09 James Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  09:59 Moon Jump Shot: Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:5 Def:9)  09:58  
Alston Jump Shot: Missed  09:33  
Najera Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  09:32  
Lopez Substitution replaced by Boone  09:32  
Harris Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS)  09:20
[NJN 67-75]
 
  09:00
[CLE 77-67]
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Gibson (1 AST) 
Timeout : Official  08:51  
Harris Substitution replaced by Lee  08:51  
  08:51 James Substitution replaced by Williams 
Alston Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  08:45
[NJN 69-77]
 
  08:27
[CLE 79-69]
Varejao Floating Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Williams (4 AST) 
Alston 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS)  08:20
[NJN 72-79]
 
  07:51 Gibson Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:50  
Alston Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  07:36  
  07:21 Moon Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:19 Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:06
[CLE 81-72]
Williams Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Najera 3pt Shot: Missed  06:42  
  06:41 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  06:30 Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:27 Moon Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  06:27
[CLE 83-72]
Moon Tip Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:14  
Boone Substitution replaced by Lopez  06:14  
Najera Substitution replaced by Simmons  06:14  
Alston 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Lopez (2 AST)  06:00
[NJN 75-83]
 
Alston Foul : Personal (1 PF)  05:40  
Williams Substitution replaced by Harris  05:40  
  05:40 Gibson Substitution replaced by James 
  05:40 Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by O'Neal 
Lee Substitution replaced by Hassell  05:40  
  05:35
[CLE 86-75]
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Harris Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS)  05:16
[NJN 77-86]
 
  05:01
[CLE 88-77]
Varejao Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Williams (5 AST) 
  04:55 Williams Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Alston Substitution replaced by Lee  04:55  
Lopez Layup Shot: Missed  04:38  
Hassell Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  04:36  
  04:32 O'Neal Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Lee Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  04:32
[NJN 78-88]
 
Lee Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  04:32
[NJN 79-88]
 
  04:13 James Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:10 O'Neal Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  04:09
[CLE 90-79]
O'Neal Slam Dunk Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Harris Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:O'Neal (1 ST)  03:51  
Harris Foul : Flagrant Type 2 (1 PF)  03:48  
Harris Ejection:First Flagrant Type 2  03:48  
Harris Substitution replaced by Najera  03:48  
  03:48 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
  03:48
[CLE 91-79]
Moon Free Throw Flagrant 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  03:48
[CLE 92-79]
Moon Free Throw Flagrant 1 of 1 (6 PTS) 
  03:29 Moon 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:27  
Lee Jump Shot: Missed  03:02  
  03:01 Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:47 James Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) 
  02:47 Team Timeout : Regular 
Simmons Substitution replaced by Alston  02:47  
Alston Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS)  02:35
[NJN 81-92]
 
Alston Foul : Personal (2 PF)  02:30  
Najera Foul : Personal (4 PF)  02:25  
  02:25 O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:25 Team Rebound 
  02:25 O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Lopez Rebound (Off:5 Def:10)  02:23  
  02:19 James Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Alston Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  02:19
[NJN 82-92]
 
  02:19 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
Alston Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  02:19
[NJN 83-92]
 
  02:05
[CLE 94-83]
Ilgauskas Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Moon (1 AST) 
Lopez Jump Shot: Missed  01:49  
  01:47 Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  01:23
[CLE 96-83]
James Reverse Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Williams (6 AST) 
Lee 3pt Shot: Missed  01:14  
Hassell Rebound (Off:4 Def:3)  01:13  
Alston 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Najera (1 AST)  01:08
[NJN 86-96]
 
  01:05 James Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) Steal:Alston (1 ST) 
Alston 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Lee (2 AST)  00:46.9
[NJN 89-96]
 
Lee Foul : Personal (2 PF)  00:29.1  
  00:29.1
[CLE 97-89]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS) 
  00:29.1 Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by Gibson 
  00:29.1 James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  00:27.9 Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
Alston Foul : Personal (3 PF)  00:23.8  
  00:23.8 Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:23.8 Team Rebound 
  00:23.8 Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Najera Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  00:23.5  
Team Timeout : Regular  00:23.5  
Najera Substitution replaced by Simmons  00:23.5  
Alston Jump Shot: Missed  00:13.9  
  00:12.9 Moon Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
Simmons Foul : Personal (4 PF)  00:12.9  
  00:12.9
[CLE 98-89]
Moon Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  00:12.9
[CLE 99-89]
Moon Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Lee 3pt Shot: Missed  00:04.9  
  00:02.9 Moon Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
NJN
5th Atlantic
12
70
3-7
8-33
4-37
CLE
1st Central
61
21
4-6
35-6
26-15
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
NJN
Lopez 18.9
Lopez 8.7
Harris 6.7
Lopez 1.7
Lee 1.3
CLE
James 31.8
2 players 9.3
James 8.2
James 2.4
James 2.2

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