Cavaliers Fall to Nets, 108-97

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NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Brooklyn Nets quickly pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory, 108-97 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

Joe Johnson added 14 points for the Nets, who played three straight overtime games on their road trip, losing the last two of them. But things were much easier back home, where they won for the 19th time in their last 21 games.

They are hoping to open the playoffs here, but still have work to do to catch either Toronto or Chicago for home-court advantage in the first round.

The Cavaliers are back home Sunday afternoon taking on the Indiana Pacers.

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