Victory, Nets snap Cavaliers' 4-game win streak

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The Brooklyn Nets played with the intensity Demar Dotson Buccaneers Jersey of a team fighting for its postseason future, and the Cleveland Cavaliers couldn't match it. Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each scored 20 points, and the Nets snapped the Cavaliers' four-game winning streak with a 106-98 victory on Friday night. Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points for the Nets, who held LeBron James to two baskets in the second half and won for the sixth time in eight games as they chase a playoff berth. They took sole possession of ninth place in the East, a half-game behind Boston for the final spot. ''At this point for us, every game is important. I was glad, man, that we could just come out and get off to a great start and just sustain for 48 minutes,'' Johnson said. ''That was the main thing, to just give ourselves a chance. This was definitely a much-needed victory.'' James finished with 24 points and nine assists for Cleveland, while Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 26 points, and Kevin Love had 18 points and seven rebounds. The Cavaliers had won the first three meetings this season, outscoring http://www.chiefsnflofficialstore.com/JEREMY-MACLIN-JERSEY-CHEAP.html the Nets by about 17 points per game. But Brooklyn turned up its defense in the second half to cool off what had been the NBA's hottest team for more than two months. ''There's no excuses,'' James said. ''That team over there played better than us tonight.'' And they did it at home, where they have struggled all season. Brooklyn improved to just 13-20 at Barclays Center while playing without starting forward Thaddeus Young because of a strained left knee that could keep him sidelined through the weekend. ''I think we've been getting better each game for six, seven games now,'' Lopez said. ''We've had some setbacks but we responded, which is something we absolutely would not have done earlier in the season.'' The Cavaliers lost for just the second time in 10 games and seventh in 35 games since Jan. 15. They appeared frustrated with each other at times and with the referees all the time, complaining about almost every call down the stretch as the Nets broke away at the free-throw line. ''We did not play well today. I didn't think we played as we normally do,'' Cavs coach David Blatt said. ''Really hard to sit here and point out one thing. There was a lot of things that we just didn't do well.'' It was 79-all after three before the Nets finally opened a bit of a cushion at 98-91 after four straight free throws by Lopez. Irving made two for Cleveland, but Johnson nailed a 3-pointer and Jarrett Jack hit two more from the line to make it 103-93 with 2:25 left, the first double-digit lead for either team. Brooklyn led 57-56 after a well-playedAndre Johnson Colts Authentic Jersey first half in which each team shot better than 50 percent. James had 16 points in 16-plus on 6-of-8 shooting at the break.