NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at New Jersey
(Wednesday, December 22nd)
Final Score: New Jersey 92, Cleveland 90
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson capped a career-high 42-point performance with an alley-oop basket with less than a second remaining to give New Jersey a 92-90 win over Cleveland at Continental Airlines Arena.
Rodney Buford finished with a career-high 22 points, seven boards and four assists for the Nets, who have won two straight. Jefferson added Seven assists and six rebounds.
LeBron James delivered 23 points, nine assists and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost five of their last eight games. Jeff McInnis posted 17 points. Drew Gooden and Ira Newble both chipped in with 14 points.
Jason Collins notched 10 points for New Jersey, which led 90-87 with 1:20 to go in the fourth quarter after four straight points by Jefferson.
But James forced a 90-90 tie with 46.3 seconds to go with a dunk and a foul shot.
James then missed a shot with 1.5 seconds left before New Jersey clinched the win. Jabari Smith inbounded the ball to Jefferson, who was in the lane and dropped the ball through the net.
"[Jason] Kidd set a phenomenal screen," said Nets head coach Lawrence Frank. "Jabari couldn't have made a better pass."
Lucious Harris missed a three-point shot at the buzzer for Cleveland.
McInnis hit a three-pointer midway through the first quarter to put the Cavaliers ahead 18-8.
A basket by Buford pulled New Jersey within 20-16 with less than four minutes to play in the first.
But Cleveland scored the final eight points of the quarter to lead 28-18. Zydrunas Ilgauskas hit two free throws early in the second quarter to put the Cavs ahead 30-18.
Trailing 36-27, the Nets reeled off 18 straight points. Jefferson converted two foul shots with 2:15 left in the second to open a 45-36 edge.
The Cavaliers, who missed 11 straight shots from the field to end the quarter, trailed 49-38 at halftime. James notched just five points and five rebounds in the first half.
A layup by DeSagana Diop capped a six-point flurry and brought Cleveland within 64-60 with 3:22 to play in the third quarter. James hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to get within 68-67 at the end of the third.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers notched the initial five points. A hook shot by Gooden put them ahead 72-68.
New Jersey's Brian Scalabrine left in the second quarter with a strained hamstring...Ilgauskas registered eight points and eight rebounds for Cleveland, which has lost four of its last five on the road...Nenad Krstic posted eight points and eight boards for New Jersey, which improved to 6-7 at home this season.
12/22 22:32:24 ET