NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 27th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (6-13) at Cleveland Cavaliers (7-10), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets have yet to win consecutive games this season. The Cleveland Cavaliers have done it just once.
Both teams will be trying to put together win streaks this evening at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Nets have managed to put together three victories in five games since a 3-8 start and knocked off the Atlantic Division-leading 76ers on Wednesday by a 97-90 decision in overtime.
After opening up a three-game swing with a loss in Chicago, New Jersey won for the first time in four road games thanks to 34 points by Deron Williams versus Philadelphia. The guard had 23 of his points after halftime, hit a driving layup with 1.9 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and then drilled a go-ahead three-pointer with 26.8 seconds to play in the extra frame.
"I was just trying to be aggressive and look for some good shots," said Williams, who had 11 assists to notch his eight double-double, "and I was able to get some."
Kris Humphries added 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, while Anthony Morrow and Jordan Farmar tallied 16 and 12 points, respectively.
New Jersey played a second straight game without rookie Marshon Brooks, who is doubtful again tonight due to a sore left Achilles.
While the Nets haven't won consecutive games since a five-game run from March 4-14 of last year, the Cavaliers last did so on Jan. 1-3 as part of a 3-2 start. However, they have won just four times in 12 games since and snapped a four-game skid with Wednesday's 91-81 triumph over the Knicks.
Antawn Jamison led the way with 15 points, while Anderson Varejao was all over the court with 10 points, 16 rebounds -- including eight offensive -- four assists and four steals in Cleveland's ninth straight home win over New York.
"He's a stat sheet stuffer. That's the one thing about Andy. He's going to do a little bit of everything and tonight was no different," said Cavs head coach Byron Scott.
Cleveland held New York to under 38 percent shooting in the second half and gave up a season low in points.
"We kept it pretty close," said Scott, "then all of a sudden we started making shots and didn't stop."
Cleveland snapped a three-game slide to New Jersey with a 98-82 home win on Jan. 1, its 10th victory in the past 13 meetings overall. Jamison led the Cavaliers with 19 points, while Williams had 16 for the Nets.
Cleveland has won eight of its past 11 at home over New Jersey.
01/27 10:40:41 ET