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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Game 70: Nets at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

1. The Cavaliers moved to 3-0 on the season against the Nets. They've also won four in a row over Brooklyn, which they play twice in nine days. They are now 11-3 vs. the Atlantic Division this season. 

2. Power forward Kevin Love returned after a two-game absence. He said the layoff had nothing to do with his back. However, when he's out of the lineup, the Cavaliers' rebounding suffers. After being pushed around on the boards in the two games he missed, they outrebounded Brooklyn, 43-32. Love had a game-high 11 rebounds - and once again didn't play in the fourth quarter.

3. The Cavs have won 14 in a row at home. They've won by an average of 15.8 points per game during this streak. It's their longest home winning streak since 2009. They haven't lost at home since the Phoenix game on March 7 - a span of 11 days. They are 19-0 on the season, 12-0 at home, when they shoot 50 percent or better. They shot a blistering 54.9 percent from the field and 51.7 percent from the 3-point line.

4. Tonight was the fourth time in the last five games they've scored at least 117 points. They have now made 686 3-pointers this season, a franchise record. They made 10 or more 3-pointers in 31 games this season. They made 15 of 29 from behind the arc tonight. In their last 27 games, they are averaging an NBA-best 12.3 3-point goals per game.

5. They are now an NBA-best 25-6 since Jan. 15. Since that period, they've been the best team in the league. Their are winning by an average of 10.5 points per game during this streak.

6. They have held 13 of their last 14 opponents at home under 100 points.

7. It's nice they were able to win without LeBron James having a huge night. He had 16 points and seven assists (all in the second quarter). James admitted after the game he had heavy legs.

8. The Nets are 6-8 since trading Kevin Garnett to Minnesota for forward Thaddeus Young on Feb. 19.

UP NEXT: vs. Indiana, Quicken Loans Arena, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Joe Johnson (6-7, 240)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Thaddeus Young (6-8, 220)
C Timofey Mozgov (7-1, 250) vs. Brook Lopez (7-0, 275)
SG J.R. Smith (6-6, 220) vs. Markel Brown (6-3, 190)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Deron Williams (6-3, 200)
Cavs - C Anderson Varejao, G Joe Harris
Nets - G/F Sergey Karasev, F Mirza Teletovic
Monty McCutchen, Ken Cutler, David Guthrie


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