The Brooklyn Nets would be without D’Angelo Russell (23.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 5.5 APG) and Sean Kilpatrick (12.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.8 APG) for Wednesday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They would hope to avoid their second straight loss as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center.
During the first quarter of the game, the Cavaliers would shoot forty-one percent from the field while the Nets shot forty percent. LeBron James shot fifty percent from the field while scoring eight points and collecting three defensive rebounds. Kevin Love would also shoot fifty percent from the field as he dropped five points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while Kyle Korver came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer.
As for the Nets, DeMarre Carroll shot seventy-five percent from the field as he chalked up eight points. He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so, along with two defensive rebounds. Former Portland Trail Blazers’ shooting guard Allen Crabbe came off of the bench to chalk up five points as Trevor Booker would come off the bench to record two defensive rebounds and three assists. Spencer Dinwiddie was limited to four points in the nine minutes that he played as the Brooklyn team ended the first quarter with a 26 to 23 lead.
The Cavaliers would shoot fifty-nine percent from the field in the second period while the Brooklyn Nets were limited to thirty-eight percent. Jeff Green came off of the Cleveland bench to chalk up nine points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. He would collect six of those points from the three-point line as James scored six points and dished off five assists. Korver would also chalk up six points, earning three of them from beyond the arc while Love gobbled up three defensive rebounds.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would put up seven points while shooting only twenty percent from the field. He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc and the other four from the free-throw line. Carroll continued to contribute as he recorded six more points while Dinwiddie knocked down two three-pointers to give himself six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Booker would be held to only two points but managed to grab three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the Nets went into halftime with a slight 55-52 lead.
The New York team went on a 29 to 21 run in the third quarter as they shot forty-eight percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to forty-two percent. Crabbe would come off the bench to drop nine more points which would all be earned from the three-point line. Hollis-Jefferson would drop nine points, as well, while connecting for a three-pointer in the process. He also pulled down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while former Cavs’ guard Joe Harris came off the bench to drop a three-pointer. Quincy Acy would be held scoreless in the six minutes he played but did manage to get ahold of three rebounds.
LeBron James ended up with only five points in the eleven minutes that he played, three of those coming from behind the arc. He also collected one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to put up four points. Jae Crowder would be limited to only a three-pointer while J.R. Smith and Channing Frye would put up two points each. Tristan Thompson was held scoreless but did manage to grab four defensive rebounds as the Nets went into the fourth period with an 84 to 73 lead.
The Cavaliers would respond with a run of their own in the last quarter, shooting fifty percent from the field while keeping the Nets at forty-seven percent. LeBron James would continue to contribute with ten more points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He would also grab four defensive rebounds while dishing off five assists in the process. Korver scored nine points which would all come from beyond the arc.
On the other end of the court, Spencer Dinwiddie ended up dropping ten points to add to his scoring total while recording one defensive rebound and three assists. Carroll would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw in the quarter while grabbing three defensive rebounds. Harris would come off the bench to nail a three-pointer as the Nets escaped with a 112-107 victory over the Cavs. Spencer Dinwiddie finished with a career-high twenty-two points, along with five rebounds, and six assists. LeBron James would finish with twenty-nine points, ten rebounds, and thirteen assists.