NBA

135
Final-OT - 2 OT 1 2 3 4 OT OT Tot
Brooklyn 23 26 29 35 14 8 135
Cleveland 28 23 36 26 14 20 147
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , January 20, 2021
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Star trio set for debut when Nets visit Cavaliers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers

  1. The Nets have won three straight against the Cavaliers, their longest win streak in this matchup since a four-game win streak spanning 2011-12 and 2012-13. Brooklyn has won three in a row in Cleveland for only the second time in franchise history -- the Nets won seven straight there between 1981 and 1983.
  2. The Nets won their fourth game in a row after beating the Bucks on Monday, 125-123. Brooklyn has shot a combined 54.2 percent from the field during its win streak, its best mark in any four-game span since the 1998-99 season.
  3. After recording 32 points and 14 assists in his first game with the Nets, James Harden had 34 and 12 on Monday. He's the only player in the last 35 seasons (since 1986-87) to start a career with a new team with back-to-back 30-point, 10-assist games.
  4. The Cavaliers snapped their three-game losing streak with a 106-103 win over the Knicks on Friday. Cleveland scored over half of its points in the paint in the win (54 of 106), and leads the NBA this season in percentage of points coming from the paint at 52.0 percent (672/1293).
  5. Andre Drummond matched a career high with 33 points in the win while also pulling down 23 rebounds, giving him 371 points and 278 rebounds through 20 games as a Cavalier. The last three players to match or exceed those numbers through 20 career games with any team are Charles Barkley with the Rockets (1996), Shaquille O'Neal with the Magic (1992) and Dikembe Mutombo with the Nuggets (1991).
  6. The Nets lead the league in field-goal percentage at 49.4 percent and rank third in scoring with 119.3 points per game. Cleveland ranks last in scoring with 99.5 ppg, but ranks second in scoring defense, allowing 103.9 ppg (New York -- 102.7).
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

After getting a 32-point triple-double in his debut, James Harden described the first time he shares the court with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as being "scary hours." Following his strong follow-up Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks, he tweeted out the same two words.

Harden's comment and subsequent tweet were made before his first practice as a Net, and it seems likely the star trio will make their debut Wednesday when Brooklyn visits the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Nets are on a four-game winning streak thanks to Harden's impressive two games. Harden became the first Net to record a triple-double Saturday in a 122-115 victory over the Orlando Magic and then totaled 34 points and 12 assists in a dramatic 125-123 victory over the Bucks in a possible playoff preview.

The Nets are also 5-2 since Irving's last appearance in a 130-96 win over the Utah Jazz on Jan. 5 when he scored 29 points. Irving has not played since due to personal reasons as well as health and safety protocols.

"It's really exciting, just to play with great players that have just been here in the league for a while, been through the ups and downs, the peaks and valleys," Irving said after practice Tuesday. "James is aligned with us in terms of his experience and adding that to our locker room is going to be great for us."

Before his absence, Irving was averaging 27.1 points on 50.4-percent shooting in his first seven games.

Durant is averaging 30.6 points so far and has posted at least 26 points in his last 10 games. Since missing three games from Jan. 5-8 due to health and safety protocols, Durant is averaging 33.6 points on 56.7 (59-of-104) percent from the floor and Monday he capped his fourth 30-point game since returning by hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left.

The Cavaliers wound up getting frontcourt pieces Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince from the Nets and (due to two postponements in Washington) are playing for the first time since a 106-103 win over the New York Knicks on Jan. 15.

Allen and Prince practiced for the first time Monday and are expected to make their debuts Wednesday. Allen is part of Cleveland's three-man rotation at center after averaging 11.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in 12 games before the trade.

"It makes me feel wanted," Allen said. "It's good to be wanted. It's good that they want to invest in me, invest in my improvement and have me be a part of their organization."

Cleveland's center rotation is anchored by Andre Drummond, who is averaging a career-best 19.3 points and 15.8 rebounds. He has a double-double in each of the 12 games he has appeared in and he totaled 33 points and 23 rebounds Friday.

Drummond's big night helped Cleveland win for the third time in 10 games since a 3-0 start, and Friday's win ended a nine-game streak where Cleveland's offense failed to reach 100 points.

Drummond's latest double-double was his 43rd career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Cleveland has played the last two weeks without its starting backcourt of Collin Sexton (ankle) and Darius Garland (shoulder), but both were able to complete full practices on Monday and might be available for the Nets game. If they aren't available, Cleveland's starting backcourt against Irving and Durant will likely be rookie Isaac Okoro and Damyean Dotson.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 20, 2021


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