VIDEO RECAP – FINAL: #Nets 94 – #Cavs 98

Updated: October 31, 2013

The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night by a score of 98-94 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

[box] The new-look, refocused Nets took their swagger and their all-star laden starting lineup to the court for the first time last night in Cleveland and got a rude welcoming.

The results were not what was expected as the Cavaliers beat the Nets to every loose ball and out-rebounded the Nets 48- to-37, including 16 huge offensive rebounds.

The Nets fought back but the dagger came with .29 seconds left when Kyrie Irving dribbled into trouble only to find center Anderson Varejao alone at the foul line where he buried a 17-footer giving the Cavaliers a 93-91 lead which they never relinquished.

[quote_box]“We’ve got to learn from this,” Kevin Garnett said after the game. “You always want to win games, you always want to assess yourself. But win or lose, you try to learn something from it.

We’re not a perfect team. But we are a hard-working team. We are a team of no excuses. So we will watch tape and learn from this.”[/quote_box]

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 21 points, five rebounds and four blocks and Garnett added 10 rebounds to go with his eight points.

Deron Williams, as everyone found out after the game, was on a minute restriction and it ended up that he was unable to play the entire fourth quarter when they needed him the most.  Williams racked up nine assists  and scored seven points in his allotted 21 minutes of play.

Tristan Thompson led the Cavaliers with 18 points and nine rebounds.  The oft-injured center Andrew Bynum saw his first action in over a year with three points and three rebounds in seven minutes.

Jason Kidd named Joe Prunty the acting head coach prior to the game and will likely do so again on Friday night while he serves his suspension.

 [box]NOTES: Kevin Garnett passed Reggie Miller on the all-time scorers list at No. 14 with 25,282 points.

NEXT UP:  The Nets will open their home season against the  Miami Heat on Friday night Nov. 1st and the game will be televised on YES as well as ESPN.[/box]

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