The Cavs got clutch performances from rookies Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving in their home state of New Jersey as the Wine and Gold posted a solid comeback win against the Nets, 105-100.
Thompson, the number four pick in the draft, overshadowed his more heralded number one pick teammate, Irving, by leading the Cavs in scoring with 27.
Thompson also pulled down 12 rebounds for the double, double.
Irving had 26 points and 7 assists.
Let’s not forget fellow Jersey native Samardo Samuels, who scored 10 and ripped down 6 rebounds.
Thompson broke a 97-all tie with a tip in basket with 1:11 to go in the game.
Irving followed 31 seconds later with a pull up bank shot for the four point lead.
Irving iced the game calmly from the line, sinking four free throws down the stretch.
The Cavs bench was impressive, outscoring the home team 27-13, and the points in the paint statistic were lopsided in favor of the Cavs, 66-40.
Cavs picked up their 17th win of the season and will be back on the court Wednesday night down in Atlanta against the Hawks.