Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score and Analysis
On the back of strong performances by Tristan Thompson and backup guard Jarrett Jack, the Cleveland Cavaliers managed to hold off a fourth quarter comeback by the star-studded Brooklyn Nets to win their first game of the season, 98-94.
Thompson would lead the Cavaliers with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field. He also chipped in nine rebounds, including three on the offensive end.
With Kyrie Irving struggling in the first half with two quick fouls and his shot not falling, Jack would come through for Cleveland and help get the offense back on track. The nine-year veteran out of Georgia Tech finished with 12 points, all of which came in the opening 24 minutes.
The Nets were without backup small forward Andrei Kirilenko, who sat out with a back injury. All-Star point guard Deron Williams also dealt with a nagging ankle throughout the night, hitting just two of his six shot attempts while also sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
Andrew Bynum, who has been out of action for almost 17 months, returned to the court as a member of the Cavaliers bench, scoring three points, grabbing three rebounds and blocking two shots in seven minutes of action.
After trailing for most of the second half, the Nets managed to slowly chip away at the lead and tie the game at 91-91. An Anderson Varejao jumper from the free-throw line with 28.1 seconds remaining put the Cavaliers up by two, while four free-throws from Irving sealed the deal for good.
Making their regular season debut's for the Brooklyn Nets, Paul Pierce would score 17 points, while Kevin Garnett added eight points and ten rebounds. KG also passed Reggie Miller for 14th on the NBA All-Time scoring list.
FINAL SCORE: Cleveland Cavaliers 98 (1-0), Brooklyn Nets 94 (0-1)
Deron Williams sitting out the fourth quarter with ankle trouble. Nets going without a point guard. Joe Johnson is the closest thing— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) October 31, 2013
So THAT'S why Deron Williams wasn't around in the fourth quarter.
It's hard to win games at the end of regulation without a true point guard running the offense.
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Final: #Cavs 98, Nets 94. Thompson 18pts, 9rebs. Irving 15pts, 9asts, 7rebs; Varejao 11pts, 8rebs; CLE 42% FGs, 14 TOs; BKN 40% FGs, 15 TOs— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) October 31, 2013
The Cleveland Cavaliers win their first game of the season, knocking off the Brooklyn Nets by a final score of 98 to 94.
That's all she wrote.
The Brooklyn Nets aren't coming back from this.
Should this be considered an upset? Not at all.
It's early, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are for real.
SCORE: Cavaliers 96, Nets 91 - 5.9 seconds remaining
That offensive set by #Cavs were truly, horrifically awful. And it ends with a Varejao jumper. So, sure.— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) October 31, 2013
Paul Pierce has ice in his veins........but so does Anderson Varejao!
It's all in the hair.
SCORE: Cavaliers 93, Nets 91 - 28.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter
Paul Pierce has ice in his veins!
He's made a career off of hitting big shots. Add that little doozy of a three-pointer to the list.
SCORE: Cavaliers 91, Nets 89 - 1:20 remaining in the fourth quarter
Kyrie Irving cuts through the Nets defenders, dishing the ball off to Anderson Varejao for the easy bucket. The Cleveland Cavaliers take a five point lead with 1:43 remaining.
I love NBA basketball!
SCORE: Cavaliers 91, Nets 86 - 1:43 remaining in the fourth quarter
Elsewhere, Anthony Bennett quiet, but Tristan Thompson, perhaps on verge of breakout season, having a monster game as Cavs hang with Nets— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) October 31, 2013
Can I sing it again?
18 points and seven rebounds for Tristan Thompson.
And just like that, the game is tied!
Ladies and gentlemen, we're setting ourselves up for one heck of an ending tonight!
SCORE: Cavaliers 86, Nets 86 - 4:25 remaining in the fourth quarter
How did that shot by Anderson Varejao go in? He just threw it up and the Basketball Gods guided it in.
Sometimes in life, you just need a little bit of luck.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have enough wings to fill your local Boston Pizza.
Earl Clark, Anthony Bennett, C.J. Miles, Alonzo Gee and Dion Waiters have combined to score 36 points tonight.
SCORE: Cavaliers 80, Nets 76 - 8:56 remaining in the fourth quarter
The Nets bench finally woke up. Good of them to join us.— Tom Lorenzo (@TomLorenzo) October 31, 2013
Alan Anderson, Jason Terry, Shaun Livingston, Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans are slowly bringing the Brooklyn Nets back from the dead.
SCORE: Cavaliers 79, Nets 76 - 10:03 remaining in the fourth quarter
Reggie Evans is one of those guys every team around the league wishes they had.
He's not going to score a lot of points, but the hustle and tenacity he provides on both ends of the court is priceless.
The momentum is starting to change in favor of Brooklyn.
SCORE: Cavaliers 79, Nets 74 - 10:25 remaining in the fourth quarter
At the end of the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 79 to 70.
Forward Tristan Thompson leads the way for Cleveland with 18 points and seven rebounds.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are so deep that it's hard to even notice the fact that the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft hasn't contributed much.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have hit 10 of their first 14 shots in the third quarter.
They can't miss!
SCORE: Cavaliers 73, Nets 64 - 4:16 remaining in the third quarter
I hear "Thriller" by Michael Jackson playing in the background at Quicken Loans Arena.
I'm totally dancing in my seat right now.
SCORE: Cavaliers 67, Nets 62 - 5:43 remaining in the third quarter
For the record, Kevin Garnett now has 25,280 points for his career. Not too shabby.
I smell an appearance in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have come out of the locker room with a ton of energy, which is a nice change from how they started this game.
Maybe they had some Space Jam juice.
It does work.
SCORE: Cavaliers 56, Nets 53 - 9:42 remaining in the third quarter
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