CLEVELAND -- — Collin Sexton had 25 factors and 9 assists, Andre Drummond added 19 factors and 16 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets for the second time in three days, 125-113 on Friday night time.

The Nets performed with out celebrity ahead Kevin Durant, who was held out as a precautionary measure as he continues his comeback from proper Achilles tendon surgical procedure.

Kyrie Irving scored 38 factors and James Harden had 19 factors and 11 assists for Brooklyn, which misplaced 147-135 in double-overtime to the Cavaliers within the debut of its high-scoring trio Wednesday.

Durant scored 38 factors and performed 50 minutes in that sport, so he was rested with one other sport Saturday.

“I don’t need to overreact, however we'd like the blokes to wash issues up as a result of we underperformed in two video games,” Nets coach Steve Nash stated. “Persons are excited to play towards our group and can deliver it each night time. I really feel like we'd like a bit extra and we have now to take extra satisfaction in what we’re doing.”

Jarrett Allen — acquired from Brooklyn within the Harden megatrade on Jan. 14 — scored 19 factors and Larry Nance Jr. had 15 factors and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which has received three in a row and moved above .500 at 8-7.

The Cavaliers outrebounded the Nets 50-29 and scored 70 factors within the paint, sustaining a double-digit lead for the ultimate 13 minutes. Taurean Prince, who additionally was dealt by Brooklyn, had 14 factors off the bench.

“We’re form of studying on the fly as a result of we haven’t had many practices, however we have now to have fixed effort,” Harden stated. “Actually, our drawback isn’t offense. We’re not apprehensive in any respect about offense. It’s our protection.”

Irving scored back-to-back hoops to open the third, placing Brooklyn in entrance 64-61 earlier than the Cavaliers answered with a 28-11 run to take the lead for good. Their largest benefit was 16 factors late within the fourth.

Cleveland level guard Darius Garland had 11 factors after lacking eight video games with a sprained proper shoulder. Sexton, who scored a career-high 42 factors two nights earlier, collected 67 factors and 14 assists within the sweep.

“After we’re a complete, wholesome group, we’re very powerful to beat,” Drummond stated. “These had been nice video games for us. We now have all of the instruments to be a fantastic group.”

Irving scored 18 factors and Harden had 10 factors and eight assists within the first half, however the Cavaliers held a 61-60 lead. The Nets began their 11th completely different lineup in 17 video games, shifting Jeff Inexperienced to a reserve position in favor of Bruce Brown.

Brooklyn had received 4 in a row earlier than arriving in Cleveland, the place Irving spent his first six seasons.

“This was two ugly losses,” Irving stated. “I might have liked to get a win coming again to city. We now have to determine it out, that’s it. Nobody else goes to do it for us. We simply have to remain centered on making progress.”


Nets: Harden and Irving share the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse file for factors in a sport with 55. Harden reached the mark with Houston on Dec. 11, 2019, whereas Irving did so with the Cavaliers towards Portland on Jan. 28, 2015. 

… C Nicolas Claxton (proper knee tendinitis) is anticipated to rejoin the group in February, whereas G Spencer Dinwiddie (proper knee ACL tear) is out for the season after present process reconstructive surgical procedure.

Cavaliers: F Kevin Porter Jr., who was anticipated to be the sixth man, was traded to Houston for a future second-round decide. Porter was inactive for the primary 14 video games following a November arrest in Japanese Ohio. 

The second-year professional created a scene on the area on Dec. 15 when he realized his locker had been given to newcomer Prince. “We’re shifting ahead with the group we’ve bought,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff stated.

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