Quicken Loans Arena
January 27, 2012
Deron Williams leads Nets past Cavaliers
CLEVELAND—The Nets came into Cleveland battling illness and injuries.
The Nets headed home with consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Deron Williams scored 27 points and the Nets held off a late rally by the Cavaliers for a 99-96 victory on Friday night.
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THE STAT: Deron Williams recorded his fourth straight double-double and is averaging 24.0 points, 10.3 assists and 5.25 turnovers during that streak, while leading the Nets to a 3-1 record. "My teammates have told me I have to score for us to be successful," the two-time NBA All-Star said. "I've been trying to do that early, and I got some good looks tonight." Williams had 10 points and five assists in the first quarter, accounting for 21 of the Nets' 30 points as they jumped in front by 10.
GOOD MOVE: Avery Johnson kept Deron Williams and fellow point guard Jordan Farmar on the court together for long stretches, keeping Cleveland's defense back on its heels. The aforementioned Nets duo combined for 38 points and 17 assists in 54 minutes. "(The Nets) are a way better team than when we played them before because they've got Jordan Farmar back," said Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving.
For more, read Brian Dulik's NBA.com notebook: Click Here
NETS NOTES G Anthony Morrow dropped in 22 points (8-18 FGs), also snagging 6 rebounds while starting his third straight game for rookie G MarShon Brooks (sore left Achilles)...F Kris Humphries pulled down yet another double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds), his eighth this season, and is averaging 13.4 points and 10.8 rebounds...G Jordan Farmar added 11 points and 7 assists in 24 1/2 minutes off the bench...C Johan Petro scored 6 points (2-3 FGs) in only 12 1/2 minutes.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
27 PTS, 10 AST
9-18 FGs, 5-9 3Ps
|On his six-game surge:
"My teammates have really encouraged me to be aggressive (on offense) and told me I need to score for us to be successful. I’m just trying to do that early (in the game). I got some good looks. Coach was calling some good plays."