October 24, 2014

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Cavaliers finish in a funk, lose to Nets without Kyrie Irving

Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson drives past Cavaliers' Earl Clark on Saturday in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Johnson drives past Cavaliers’ Earl Clark on Saturday in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Cleveland Cavaliers managed just four baskets in the fourth quarter Saturday night and lost to the Brooklyn Nets 89-82 for their seventh loss in their last eight games and their ninth in their last 11 games.

The Nets gave Kevin Garnett the night off and the Cavaliers were again without Kyrie Irving, who missed his second game with an injured left knee. His status for tonight’s home game against the Indiana Pacers isn’t yet known, but Irving didn’t make the trip to Brooklyn and therefore seems unlikely to play.

The Nets believe they’re starting to figure some things out, particularly with Deron Williams having solid games in consecutive performances after the Nets won at Oklahoma City on Thursday. The Cavs aren’t as fortunate.

Without Irving’s 22.2 points, the offense again sputtered.

The Cavs shot 37 percent and managed 82 points after shooting 34 percent and scoring 79 points in regulation Thursday against the Orlando Magic.

“He’s our best player, especially when it comes to scoring the basketball,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “You miss his 22 points a game, but I give our guys credit. They competed in the second half. We took the lead, we just couldn’t hold on. But you miss a guy of his capabilities, especially down the stretch in situations like this.”

Dion Waiters had 22 points, including nine in the third quarter when the Cavs took the lead, but the offense stalled in the fourth quarter as the Nets took control.

“It’s not frustrating,” Waiters said. “We win four or five big games, we’re right back in the playoff hunt. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the East is just not doing good.”

Brown has grown accustomed to using three-guard lineups much of the season, but he went even more dramatic Saturday and played four guards. Waiters, Jarrett Jack, C.J. Miles and Matthew Dellavedova played the bulk of the fourth quarter together with Anderson Varejao, but the Cavs couldn’t close the deficit.

Miles had 17 points and seven rebounds, Dellavedova had 13 points and Varejao had 12 rebounds one game after tying the franchise record of 25 Thursday. But Thompson’s layup with 9:30 left was the Cavs’ only fourth-quarter basket through the first seven minutes, allowing the Nets to stretch a 67-65 lead at the start of the quarter to 78-71. Varejao’s basket with 5:15 left was the Cavs’ last until the final minute, when the outcome had already been decided.

Williams had 21 points and six assists, Pierce had 17 points and five assists and Reggie Evans had 11 rebounds starting in place of Garnett.

Nets 89, Cavaliers 82

CLEVELAND (82): Clark 3-9 0-0 7, Thompson 3-8 3-4 9, Varejao 2-6 0-0 4, Jack 1-8 0-0 2, Miles 6-19 5-8 19, Waiters 9-18 5-6 26, Zeller 1-2 0-0 2, Dellavedova 4-7 1-2 13, Bennett 0-2 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-79 14-20 82.
BROOKLYN (89): Johnson 1-7 0-0 2, Pierce 6-14 3-3 17, Evans 3-6 2-4 8, Williams 7-10 6-7 21, Livingston 3-8 0-0 6, Kirilenko 2-3 4-4 8, Anderson 1-6 0-0 3, Blatche 4-10 4-4 12, Teletovic 3-6 0-0 9, Terry 1-1 0-0 3, Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Shengelia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-71 19-22 89.

Cleveland 17 21 27 17 — 82
Brooklyn 22 29 16 22 — 89

3-Point Goals—Cleveland 10-22 (Dellavedova 4-4, Waiters 3-5, Miles 2-8, Clark 1-4, Jack 0-1), Brooklyn 8-24 (Teletovic 3-6, Pierce 2-6, Terry 1-1, Anderson 1-3, Williams 1-3, Johnson 0-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Cleveland 60 (Varejao 12), Brooklyn 39 (Evans 11). Assists—Cleveland 14 (Jack 7), Brooklyn 24 (Williams 6). Total Fouls—Cleveland 22, Brooklyn 18. Technicals—Waiters. A—17,732 (17,732).

TONIGHT

WHO: Cleveland vs. Indiana
TIME: 6 o’clock
WHERE: The Q
TV/RADIO: FS Ohio; WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM