NBA Basketball

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Brooklyn 30 25 29 25 9 10 20 148
Cleveland 29 29 26 25 9 10 11 139
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CTNaN:� , February 13, 2019
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 17,434

Nets looking to bounce back vs. improving Cavs

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Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers

  1. The Nets have lost two straight and five of their last six after a stretch of seven wins in eight games. Brooklyn lost its most recent game to Toronto, 127-125 -- it was the team's 11th game decided by two or fewer points this season, most in the NBA.
  2. Joe Harris went 7-of-8 from three in the loss to Toronto and Allen Crabbe went 6-of-10. It was only the second game this season in which multiple players on the same team made six threes with a percentage of 60.0 percent or higher (Gerald Green & P.J. Tucker for Hou on 1/7 vs. Den).
  3. The Cavaliers beat the Knicks on Monday, 107-104, snapping a four-game losing streak. Nine of Cleveland's 12 wins this season have come when allowing 110 points or fewer.
  4. Kevin Love made two three-pointers against the Knicks in his second game back from injury. Love has 1033 made threes in his career, fourth most among active players 6'10" or taller, trailing only Dirk Nowitzki (1941), Ryan Anderson (1322) and fellow Cavalier Channing Frye (1041).
  5. These teams have split two games so far this season, with each team victorious on the road. Cleveland has shot 21.2 percent from three (7-of-33) across the two games, the lowest percentage for any team versus a single opponent this season (min. two games played).
  6. Brooklyn's bench averages 47.7 points, second most in the NBA, while Cleveland's bench averages 43.2 points, fifth most. Brooklyn's bench has made 284 three-pointers, most in the Eastern Conference.

For the last two months, the Brooklyn Nets have drawn notice in a positive light due to their turnaround and emergence into the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Even with a solid last two months, recent results show the Nets are slightly staggering toward the All-Star break.

They hope to head into the break with a winning record Wednesday night when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers, who entered Tuesday with the NBA's third-worst record (12-45).

Brooklyn (29-29) hasn't been above .500 at the All-Star break since 2012-13, when it was 31-22, which was the only time since 2005-06.

After watching Paul George hit a game-winning jumper and the Oklahoma City Thunder rally from a 23-point deficit on Dec. 5, the Nets were 8-18. They are 21-11 since, but since winning six in a row from Jan. 14-25, they've lost six of eight, including four straight road losses.

One of Brooklyn's worst performances since its turnaround came in Friday's 125-106 home loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Nets followed it up with a difficult 127-125 loss in Toronto on Monday in a game that was decided by Kawhi Leonard's bank jumper with 4.4 seconds remaining.

"I just want to keep building on this game," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. "Sure we want to go into the break with positive momentum, but I want to play another high-level game. That doesn't always guarantee success in this league as you know, but I really liked our rhythm tonight. We had good chemistry. Everybody played well."

The Nets continue to get stellar performances from All-Star D'Angelo Russell, who totaled 28 points and a career-high 14 assists Monday. Russell also had seven rebounds but missed the game-winning 3-point attempt as time expired.

Russell has seven double-doubles and is averaging 21.6 points and 7.4 assists since the turnaround began.

Joe Harris added 24 and Allen Crabbe contributed 22 in his third game back from missing 26 contests due to a right knee injury, giving the Nets depth as they attempt to snap out of an eight-game stretch where they have shot just 42.6 percent.

"I think you have to bring in the same mindset," Harris said.

"I think we came in extremely locked in today, focused on the personnel, knowing what we need to do to have success. We have to bring that same approach to Cleveland -- regardless of record we are clearly aware that any team is capable of beating anyone. We learned that the other night against Chicago. Just because a team might have 10, 11 wins doesn't mean anything."

Cleveland will be trying to win consecutive games for the third time this season. The Cavaliers also won consecutive games Nov. 23-24 and Jan. 27-29.

Cleveland has won three of its last seven since losing 18 of 19 from Dec. 19-Jan. 25. The Cavaliers halted a four-game losing streak Monday night by holding on for a 107-104 victory over the New York Knicks.

Rookie Collin Sexton scored 20 points against New York, while Larry Nance Jr and Jordan Clarkson added 15 apiece. Kevin Love played 16 minutes in the first half in his second game back from foot surgery and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Love, however, won't play Wednesday night in the team's final game before the All-Star break. Cleveland is being cautious with Love and can give him a rest until playing again next Thursday against the visiting Phoenix Suns.

"I think he looks great," Cleveland coach Larry Drew said. "He's doing some things that we've really missed over his absence. He seems to be playing with a pretty good rhythm. More than I had anticipated him coming back this early just in two games."

The teams split a pair of meetings earlier this season, with Brooklyn getting a 102-86 win in Cleveland on Oct. 24, and Alec Burks dunking the game-winning basket in Cleveland's 99-97 win in Brooklyn on Dec. 3. Since the last meeting, three players (Burks, Rodney Hood and George Hill) who appeared for Cleveland have been traded.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 13, 2019

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