Ben Couch · BROOKLYNNETS.COM
By Ben Couch
CLEVELAND—Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena, the Nets blew out the Cavaliers, 113-95, to set a franchise record with their 21st road victory. The W guarantees a winning road record, an NBA first for the Nets. MarShon Brooks, making his first start of the season, took advantage of the opportunity and posted a career-high 27 points (12-16 FGs, 1-3 3Ps), along with a career-high-tying seven assists.
Deron Williams racked up 24 points (8-14 FGs, 4-6 3Ps) and eight assists before sitting for the fourth. Reggie Evans led everyone with with 18 rebounds. C.J. Watson added 12 points (4-4 3Ps) and seven assists off the bench, while Andray Blatched chipped in 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
- 10:01 – With those free throws, MarShon Brooks has set a new career-high with 25 points. Of positive note: 6 assists.
- 7:57 – A three by Stack, and Brooks has surpassed the century mark. Jerry's got nine on 4-of-5 shooting tonight.
- 7:13 – MarShon, racking 'em up. 27
- 2:37 – Kris Joseph makes his Nets debut. He is the 17th player to take the court for Brooklyn this season, and the third Springfield Armor D-League Call-Up to play for the Nets.
- 10:43 – Three-Will overtakes MarShon for the scoring lead. Good grief.
- 10:31 – Flagrant for Deron, whose hand came down on Tyler Zeller's head/neck during an attempt to contest a layup. Late rotations will get you.
- 9:57 – Slash middle by MarShon, and it's 10-for-10 at the Q.
- 8:57 – A pick-and-roll pullup by MarShon rolls off the left rim. First miss.
- 8:33 – Catch-and-shoot three by MarShon airballs. Two misses.
- 7:19 – MarShon hits a long jumper as the shot clock expires. All is right in the world of this game.
- 3:13 – C.J. Watson with a three. Lead back out to 30.
MarShon Brooks came out firing in this one and never stopped, racking up game- and season-high totals of 19 points and nine field goals – in nine attempts! The Nets followed his lead, scorching the Cavaliers defense for 66 and .730 shooting, including 7-of-10 from three.
Any combination of Nets on the floor has absolutely slaughtered any attempt at defense, and allowing for a regression on offense, even a mediocre showing in the third likely seals the game. Expect the Nets, who know the importance of this game entering the playoff import of Thursday's matchup with the Bulls, to storm out of the locker room and close things out early.
- 11:40 – Another fade for MarShon, who is looking like he might not miss tonight.
- 10:36 – Seven straight for MarShon.
- 9:00 – Eight.
- 8:34 – Marreese Speights has been bodying the Nets since checking in: 6 points (3-4 FGs), 2 rebounds in 6 minutes.
- 5:54 – Stackhouse driving dunk, and the Nets are up 15.
- 5:03 – Jumper. Nine.
- 4:04 – C.J. Watson hits the Nets fourth three-pointer in six attempts, and they're shooting .719 overall. Whoa.
- 2:57 – A DUNK FOR DERON! He said he couldn't throw down due to the ankle injury earlier this year. Guess he's healthy, ha. Deron will underplay this, but it is not insignificant.
- 2:04 – Catch and shoot three for Deron, who swishes it clean. There was no other outcome possible tonight.
- 0:25 – A 30-point lead after those D-Will free throws. Yeesh.
- 12:00 – With Joe Johnson (sore left heel) and Gerald Wallace (sore left foot) out tonight, MarShon Brooks makes the first start of his sophomore season. Big opportunity for him.
- 10:04 – Nets finally on the board with a catch-and-shoot three by Deron.
- 6:56 – Slippery baseline drive by MarShon to split a trap and throw down an uncontested dunk.
- 4:58 – Dunk for Reggie Evans, who's scored four straight Nets points.
- 2:23 – Nice ISO turnaround from MarShon. Got into post range and hit clean as the 24-second buzzer sounded.
Brooklyn Nets (43-31)
|G · Deron Williams||G · MarShon Brooks||F · Keith Bogans||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Joe Johnson (sore left heel) is OUT.
Gerald Wallace (sore left foot) is a GAMETIME DECISION.
Cleveland Cavaliers (22-52)
|G · Kyrie Irving||G · Wayne Ellington||F · Alonzo Gee||F · Tristan Thompson||C · Tyler Zeller|
Anderson Varejao (vastus medialis split/surgery) is OUT.
Dion Waiters (left knee) is OUT.
|CAREER-HIGH 27 PTS
4 REB, 7 AST, BLK
12-16 FGs, 1-3 3Ps, 2-2 FTs
|24 PTS, 8 AST
8-14 FGs, 4-6 3Ps, 4-4 FTs
|"This franchise, 36 years old, this is the most wins we've ever had on the road, this is the first winning record we've ever had on the road. That's really a significant accomplishment, so I'm proud of (our players)."|