NEW YORK CITY — The Cavaliers were outclassed by the Brooklyn Nets in their first ever appearance at the Nets’ Barclay Center. The home team was too much for Irving and company, shooting 55 percent for the game and taking a 114-101 decision.
The win offset a pair of sterling performances by Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao. Irving set a career high by scoring 34 points, going 9 for 19 from the field and a perfect 14 for 14 from the charity stripe. Irving added 4 rebounds and dished out 8 assists.
Varejao was on fire much of the night, hustling his way to 35 points on 16 of 21 from the field. Andy hauled down 18 rebounds, while the next best contributor for the Cavs, Tristan Thompson only brought down 5 rebounds. Thompson did add 15 points but the Cavs could not keep pace with the Nets, partly because Cleveland’s bench only managed 6 points. Thats not a typo.
The Nets had 3 players in the 20’s. Deron Williams paced them with 26, while Joe Johnson had 25 and Brook Lopez 23.
Cleveland actually led by one after the first period, but could only manage 12 points in the second frame as the bench was nowhere to be found. Brooklyn took a 64-42 lead at the half and just cruised in the second half to the victory.
The Cavaliers are off for a few days before returning to Quicken Loans Arena for a Saturday night affair.