It wasn't pretty and certainly won't be used as a training video on how to play basketball, but the Cavaliers did what they were supposed to do to a team that has won just 3 games all season - beat them. Behind LeBron James 28-9-7, the Cavs methodically wore down the Nets with suffocating defense and timely scoring.
As expected, the Nets came out in the first quarter with more energy and held a 7 point lead after 1. It didn't take the Cavaliers long to get back into the game and held a 1-point lead at the half. Sloppy play - including 9 first-half turnovers - allowed the Nets to hang around. The Cavs added to their lead in the 3rd quarter, combining to out-score the Nets 50-35 in the 2nd and 3rd quarter.
Anderson Varejao had another solid game - Andy doesn't seem to be affected by days off, back-to-backs or early starting times. AV scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Mo Williams added 18 points and Shaquille O'Neal had 12 points and 9 rebounds.
The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Nets 52-38, while holding the Nets to 44% shooting.
Not much to really say other than the Cavaliers have now won 7 straight games, 12/13. Next up, the Charlotte Bobcats at The Q tomorrow night.