Nets ‘Big 3′ blast slumping Cavs, despite Varejao’s 35 points
Brooklyn, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Deron Williams recorded 26 points and 10 assists, Joe Johnson added 25 points and Brook Lopez chipped in with 23 markers as the Brooklyn Nets improved to 4-2 with a 114-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn garnered its third straight victory behind another outstanding effort from their highly-vaunted triumvirate.
Behind a super active Anderson Varejao (17 points and 7 rebounds in the first quarter), the Cavaliers were off to a fast start as they took a 30-29 lead.
The boys from Brooklyn started to heat up in the second quarter as Williams and Lopez ignited the Nets’ 35-point explosion in period to take a 64-42 advantage at the half.
The Nets continued to pummel the Cavs in the opening minutes of the third, stretching their lead to as big as 24 points.
However, the Cavs didn’t back down without giving a fight.
Irving came alive in the third quarter and ignited a Cavs rally to cut the deficit down to 10 points, 85-75, going into the final period.
But the Nets showed too much firepower as Johnson delivered 16 of his total points in the fourth quarter to put the Cavs away.
Varejao racked up a career-high 35 points along with 18 rebounds while Irving also tallied a career-best 34 points on 9-for-19 shooting and 14-for-14 from the charity stripe.
The Nets shot 54.5 percent from the field and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line while the Cavs went 43.7 percent on the floor despite a scorching hot first quarter.
The Cavs dropped their fourth straight game and slipped to 2-6 in the season.