NJN@CLE 12.4.07

The New Jersey Nets (9-9) rebounded from their 23 point loss at the hands of the Detroit Pistons Sunday by soundly thrashing the Cavaliers (9-10) tonight in Cleveland. It should be mentioned, however, that the Nets caught a big break this evening as they beat a LeBron James-less squad: 100-79.

Like all victories that require an asterisk after them, prevailing against a Cleveland squad without LeBron James on it doesn\’t really qualify as beating the Cavs. Moreover, the Nets fell behind this short-handed squad after one and into the second quarter before finally taking control.

Richard Jefferson led all scorers again with 36 points (on 11-of-18 from the floor). Vince Carter had 19 and seven dimes and was sharp from long-range. Jason Kidd racked up 10 boards to go with 7 points and six dishes. The long-forgotten Jamaal Magloire saw 21 minutes of action and hauled down 7 boards to add to his seven points.*

As if the Nets needed any more motivation, this was New Jersey\’s first game after front office changes saw GM Ed Stefanski abruptly sign with another team – Philadelphia. Apparently, it shook things up as the Nets came away with a victory against a Cavalier squad that might otherwise have posed a problem.

Former Cleveland first-round pick, G/F Shannon Brown, whom the Nets might have drafted in lieu of Marcus Williams, had Marcus not been available, led the Cavaliers with 20 points along with four rebounds and an equal number of assists in 37 minutes. He saw the \’light of day\’ due to LeBron\’s absence.

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