Varejao's energy helps Cavs avoid matinee letdown: Cavaliers 94, Nets 86

Kirk LammersContributor IJanuary 3, 2010

Photo: Bill Kostroun/AP

The Cavaliers survived their first game of the 2010 schedule, a sure-fire trap game on the road in the afternoon against the three win New Jersey Nets. They attacked the bucket, excelled in second chance points, and their defense picked up after being lazy in the first 15 minutes or so of the game, and they now boast a 7-game win streak atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Not quite the 3-29 Nets: With forward Chris Douglas-Roberts and big man Yi Jianlian back since the last meeting between the two, the Nets had a bit more firepower to work with than before. The Nets, when healthy, with players like Devin Harris and Brook Lopez, are capable of putting together more than 3 wins in the team's first 33 games. They showed some of that ability today, jumping out to a 14-5 lead and leading by seven after one quarter. The Nets shot 52% in the first and 48% overall in the half. The second half offensive execution is one of the reasons why the Nets are lottery bound.