End 3Q: Nets 65, Cavs 63
* Can't say enough tonight about the combined efforts of Antawn Jamison and JJ Hickson. Hickson started slowly during the game's first six minutes, but Jamison seems to have inspired him. The pair has combined for 26 points and 15 rebounds -- excellent production from the power forward position. Of course, Troy Murphy also has 10 rebounds for the Nets. A lot of post production tonight.
* Mo Williams really, really struggling with his shot tonight. Missed his first nine, now 1 of 12. Yet he still has seven assists, so it's not a completely wasted night.
* The Cavs began the night in the middle of the pack shooting free throws (14th, 77%). That figure is taking a beating tonight. The Cavs are just 7 of 16 at the line, bringing back horrid nightmares of last year when the Cavs were last in the league.
* Much like the games in Philadelphia and Washington, this one will also be decided in the fourth quarter. The Nets, also like the Sixers and Wizards, are a young team still trying to learn how to win in this league. The fourth should be interesting.
End 2Q: Cavs 45, Nets 42
* The biggest area where Antawn Jamison can make an impact isn't scoring, but rebounding. Jamison has averaged 8.0 rebounds throughout his career, and while J.J. Hickson remains inconsistent on the glass, the Cavs remain deficient in rebounding behind Anderson Varejao. Jamison had four rebounds in his first five minutes tonight and six in the first half.
* Jamison can help push Hickson, who suddenly became much more active upon re-entering the game for the last half of the second quarter. Hickson quickly grabbed four rebounds in 6 1/2 minutes. That type of push from Jamison will only make Hickson better.
* The Cavs' bench just keeps on scoring. They've outscored the starters, 26-19.
* Mo Williams had a forgetful half shooting. He missed all nine shots (including four 3-point attempts). But he made up for it (slightly) with five assists and only one turnover.
* Tremendous ball movement for the Cavs in the first half: 15 assists on 18 baskets. They seem to be getting more and more comfortable in the Princeton offense with every game.
* It's Military Appreciation Night here at the Prudential Center. For that, I give my brother-in-law a personal salute. Capt. Tom Herman, 1st Calvary Division of Fort Hood, is in his second tour in Iraq. Can't wait to see him at Thanksgiving during his mid-tour leave.
End 1Q: Cavs 23, Nets 23
* Welcome back Antawn Jamison. He appears to be playing with a purpose in his first night back -- although he still can't hit a free throw. Jamison has seven points and four rebounds in six minutes. But he's 0 for 3 from the line. Jamison, of course, also struggled to hit free throws last season after joining the Cavs.
* Byron Scott reiterated before the game that the Cavs' defense is behind the offense, which is unusual at this point. He thinks it should be the other way around. The Cavs struggled to defend through the first few minutes of the game, getting beat in transition and leaving the Nets with too many uncontested looks. That seemed to tighten as the quarter went on.
* Scott has said all along he wants the Cavs to cut the floor in half defensively. Once the ball flows to one side of the court, he doesn't want it going back to the other side. Yet it always seems to wind up on the other side.