The Brooklyn Nets needed all of the 35 points that center Brook Lopez put up Saturday night, as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-100. Lopez shot 13-of-20 from the field, 11-of-20 from the line and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win.
The Cavaliers are one of the worst teams in the NBA, and they nearly pulled off a huge road win against the Nets. To be fair, the Nets are playing their second game in as many nights, so they were likely a bit tired.
The game started in the Nets' favor as they built a 10-point lead after the first quarter, and an eight-point lead at the half. The Cavaliers were able to chip away and make it a five-point game heading into the final quarter, but could not get any closer then three points.
The Nets were looking to put the game away when they led by 11 points with 7:07 left in the game. However, Cleveland was able to make it a three-point game on a Tristan Thompson dunk with 47 seconds left, but Brooklyn was able to make its free throws the rest of the way to get the win.