Brooklyn, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Paul Pierce scored 22, including 17 in the first quarter, as the Brooklyn Nets blasted the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-97 Friday at Barclays Center.
Joe Johnson added 14 points and Deron Williams and Alan Anderson each scored 13 for the win.
Williams hit a 3-pointer followed by a couple of 3-point jumpers from Pierce as the Nets raced to a 9-0 lead.
Pierce made two more 3-pointers as they led 15-5. But the Cavs ended the first quarter with a 13-4 burst as Spencer Hawes scoring six and Luol Deng adding four points that allowed the Cavs to tie it at 29.
But the Cavs never tasted the lead.
The Nets opened the second with a 12-0 run to make it 41-29 on Anderson’s 3-pointer. The lead ballooned to 17 on a 3-pointer by Pierce with 2:05 remaining.
Hawes hit two 3-pointers and Waiters added another in the last 1:15 of the second to help cut the Cavs’ deficit to 61-50 at halftime.
The Nets pushed their lead to 16 points at 68-52 in the third before the Cavs cut it in half by the end of the quarter.
But Andray Blatch and Shaun Livingston combined for eight points in opening the fourth with an 8-1 spurt to give the Nets a 15-point cushion.
The Nets’ lead swelled to 102-84 with 4:45 remaining.
Deng and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points to lead the Cavs.