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Cavs 93, Nets 91: Cleveland Takes Round One

The New Jersey Nets dropped their fifth straight on Tuesday night 93-91 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first game of a home-and-home. 

J.J. Hickson had a team-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Cavs who are currently sitting atop the Central division.  Cleveland got a boost from its bench, headlined by Ramon Sessions 15 points and Daniel Gibson's 14.

The Nets were led by Travis Outlaw's best game of the young season.  The forward had 27 points on 11-for-22 shooting, including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.  Point guard Devin Harris was plagued by early foul trouble but was still able to add 18 points and 6 assists.  Brook Lopez carried his struggles from the Nets road trip to Florida back with him to Newark.  The center had 16 points, but only shot 6-for-18 from the field.

Cleveland held just a one point lead with less than three minutes remaining before hitting on back-to-back baskets from three to put the game away.

New Jersey has now lost nine in a row to the Cavaliers, but will get another shot at them Wednesday night in Cleveland.