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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Game 4: Nets at Cavs

at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

The Cavs blasted the Nets, using a tenacious defense and a dazzling 3-point shooting attack.

They made 16 of 26 from the 3-point line, 10 of 12 in the second half.

Here's some expert analysis for you: If you make 16 3s, you usually win. I'm just kidding, but the Cavs' outside shooting was fantastic. Boobie Gibson made 5 of 7, Antawn Jamison 3 of 3, Alonzo Gee 3 of 5 and Kyrie Irving 3 of 4.

I can't remember a player being as much improved as Gee this year. Honestly, I thought he was a dog last year. Not someone to keep around. He came back a new player with an outside shot. That doesn't happen much in the NBA.

The Cavs are so happy with his development.

Ramon Sessions is also a better player from last year. He had just five points on Sunday, but dished out a game-high eight assists. He also hit Deron Williams with an elbow in the chin.

Andy Varejao had just one field goal in the game, but he pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. In fact, on the season, he's averaging 4.5 offensive rebounds per game.

The Cavs are 2-2, but probably should be 3-1.

UP NEXT: Cavs host Charlotte at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Damion James (6-7, 225)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Kris Humphries (6-9, 235)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Mehmet Okur (6-11, 260)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Deron Williams (6-3, 209)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Sundiata Gaines (6-1, 200)
Cavs – G Mychel Thompson, C Semih Erden
Nets - C Brook Lopez, F Jordan Williams
David Jones, Mark Lindsay, Derek Richardson


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