Nest improve record to 6-2
by Kenneth B. Goldberg
Nov 15, 2012 | 3203 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Brooklyn Nets improved their record to 6-2 with their fifth straight win Sunday night defeating the Kings 99-90 on the back of 22 points off the bench from backup center Andray Blatche.

The Nets were able to overcome a cold hand on the part of Joe Johnson, who missed nine of his ten shots.

The victory comes just days after the Nets defeated the Boston Celtics, 102-97 at the Barclays Center before starting their current three-game West Coast road trip.

The Nets were set to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Also on the upcoming schedule are matchups against the Clippers and Celtics, and the long-awaited showdown between new cross-town rivals the New York Knicks, who are streaking as well, sitting at 7-1.

That game will take place on November 26 at the Barclays Center.

The Nets got the week started off right, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 114-101, in one of their most consistently played game this season on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center.

Coach Avery Johnson said after the Nets narrow win over the Magic that the team was not ready mentally to play a full game, but the Nets did just that against Cleveland, with Brooke Lopez scoring 23 points, Joe Johnson scoring 25, and Deron Williams adding another 26.

Having a 20-point lead is a nice problem to have, which is what the Nets have been dealing with lately, blowing a big lead against the Timberwolves and nearly doing the same against the Magic.

But on Tuesday when the Nets got up big, they kept the pressure on the Cavaliers, walking away with a 13-point victory.

“The composure in the fourth quarter was good,” said Coach Johnson. “We came back and got our defense set.”

The Nets shot 57 percent from the field and out-rebounded Cleveland 39 to 35. Joe Johnson in particular had a hot hand.

“He is just not a guy I am worried about. Guys like Joe know how to play,” said Coach Johnson. “I just want him to be efficient. He hit one from the parking lot tonight.”

Williams was 10-for-20 from the field.

“I thought the offense was a lot better today as a whole,” he said after the game. “There was definitely a better flow today. It seems like were having better chemistry out there.

Anderson Varejao scored 35 points and Kyrie Irving scored 34 for the Cavaliers.
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