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           === Nets beat Cavs; Varejao, Irving star for Cleveland ===
 
 Brooklyn,  NY  (Sports Network) - Deron  Williams had 26 points and 10 assists
 and  the Brooklyn Nets  used a big second quarter to record a 114-101 win over
 the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center.
 
 Joe  Johnson scored nine of his 25 points in a second period in which Brooklyn
 outscored  the Cavaliers  by a  35-12 count  before holding  on for  its third
 consecutive  victory.  Brook Lopez  added 23  points for the  Nets, who shot a
 solid 54.5 percent from the field and led by as many as 24 in the second half.
 
 "It  was nice that we played together," Williams said. "You don't want to have
 to  rely on  one or two guys every  night. "We all just want to contribute and
 play well together."
 
 Cleveland  closed out  a six-game  road trip  with its  fourth loss  in a  row
 despite  tremendous individual  performances from  Anderson Varejao  and Kyrie
 Irving.
 
 Varejao poured in a career-high 35 points while pulling down 18 rebounds, with
 Irving also establishing a personal best with 34 points to go along with eight
 assists.
 
 The  Cavaliers  had a  slim 30-29  edge after one  quarter behind a dominating
 display  from  Varejao, with the Cleveland  big man knocking down 7-of-8 shots
 for  17 points and grabbing seven rebounds. However, Brooklyn scored the first
 11 points of the second to take control from there.
 
 Johnson  netted the  final  five  points of  the  run,  with the  high-profile
 offseason  acquisition  ending it with 1-of-2  free throws that gave the Nets
 a
 10-point  cushion with  7:54 left in the  half. The lead would grow to 14 less
 than  three  minutes afterward,  when Andray  Blatche threw down  a dunk off a
 Johnson feed for a 48-34 score.
 
 The  Nets continued to close out the half with a flourish, with Kris Humphries
 tallying  the  last four points of  a 12-4 spurt  over the final 2 1/2 minutes
 that sent Brooklyn into the locker room owning a commanding 64-42 advantage.
 
 Brooklyn  was up  81-57 with four minutes  to go in the third quarter, but the
 Cavaliers  outscored the  Nets by  an 18-4  margin over  the remainder  of the
 period  to cut  their deficit  to 10.  Irving fueled  the comeback  attempt by
 amassing 10 points during that stretch.
 
 That  was as close as Cleveland would get, however. The Nets scored six of the
 first seven points of the fourth quarter to take a 91-76 lead and maintained a
 cushion of at least 11 points the rest of the way.
 
 "They  hit us in the mouth on both ends of the floor," Irving said. "We didn't
 execute. We got in a hole, and its hard to fight back against a good team like
 that."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Nets have won three straight games for the first time since Mar. 28-31 of
 last  season and  have prevailed in six  of their last eight meetings with the
 Cavs  ... Irving's previous career high also took place against the Nets, when
 the  reigning NBA Rookie of the Year scored 32 in a loss to then-New Jersey on
 Jan.  27, 2012  ... Varajao's  prior career  best was  26 points,  set against
 Chicago  on Jan.  9, 2009  ... Cleveland  rookie guard  Dion Waiters,  who was
 averaging  15.4 points coming into the contest, finished with just eight on 3-
 of-16 shooting.
 
 
 
 11/14 00:45:11 ET