The Brooklyn Nets trailed 27-26 after one, 49-48 at halftime, they struggled in the third and couldn’t make it up in the fourth as they lost 98-94 to the Cavaliers on opening night in Cleveland.
Brook Lopez led with 21 points with five rebounds and four blocked shots, Paul Pierce had 14 points with four rebounds and two assists and Jason Terry had 14 off the bench and shot 4-of-9 behind the arc. Tristan Thompson led the Cavs with 18 points, Kyrie Irving had 14 points and nine assists.
The Nets shot a solid 40 percent, but the Cavs shot 42 percent. The Cavs controlled the glass though as they out rebounded the Nets 48-37. The Nets did manage to shoot 38 percent behind the arc overall and kept it to 15 turnovers.
The Nets were outscored 30-22 in the third quarter. That’s when Thompson scored eight points and Irving had seven points and five assists as the Cavs shot 54.5 percent. Meanwhile, the Nets bench shot 0-for-4 that quarter as the team shot 37.5 percent overall.
Deron Williams didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter and they certainly could have used him even though they did outscore the Cavs 24-19 in the final frame. Hopefully that has more to do with a minutes limitation than pain. I’ll update you after post-game interviews. D-Will did play 21 minutes and he had seven points with nine assists.
Unfortunately when D-Will wasn’t in the Nets used Alan Anderson a lot. Early on it looked like that wouldn’t be a weakness, but after a little while he looked overmatched at the point guard position and finished with a plus/minute of -12. Once D-Will is 100 percent, and Andrei Kirilenko comes back this team will look much different.
The Nets didn’t look absolutely terrible. The defense was lacking, especially in the first quarter, and they were settling for mid-range jump shots throughout most of the game rather than attack the basket. Lopez was aggressive offensively, but way too passive on defense. That’s kind of how the entire game went. A tough loss, but the Nets have 81 games left to play.