End 3Q: Cavs 69, Nets 67
* No surprise here: Another bad third quarter for the Cavs, who struggled with their shots and have let the Nets back in the game. The Cavs were 6 of 18 in the quarter and were outrebounded by the Nets 13-8. Against a quality NBA team, Cavs would be down about 10 the way they played that quarter.
* Big quarter for Antawn Jamison, who kept the Cavs ahead with 8 points and 4 rebounds. The knee is fine.
* This is the value of Anderson Varejao. Mo hoisted a long 3 to beat the shot clock. Varejao wassn't in position to get the rebound, but got enough of it to tip it to Jamison, who finished with a hook.
* It's going to take another big fourth quarter to win, which the Cavs are capable of doing. They're also the better conditioned team, which Nets coach Avery Johnson all but conceded before the game. If Cavs pull this out, it will be because of fresher legs and deeper bench.
Halftime: Cavs 52, Nets 42
* Ryan Hollins came here amid little fanfare as part of the Delonte West trade, but he is developing into a quality backup center. Hollins moves well for a 7-footer, as proven by his fastbreak/fly pattern when he outran all five Nets down the floor. Boobie Gibson rewarded him with an alley-oop dunk.
* Hollins' biggest flaw to this point has been rebounding. He entered the season averaging about 2 per game, which is way too low for a guy his size. That's an ongoing process, but you can't complain about his quickness.
* Cavs getting good ball movement again with 15 assists on 20 baskets. They're also shooting better than 50 percent, while the Nets are shooting 38 percent (17 of 45).
* The Cavs are having a hard time defending Devin Harris, who had 13 points in the second quarter and 18 for the half. But he's about the only thing going right for the Nets.
* Cavs have to guard against another poor third quarter. This is about the time they have lost some intensity in past games and allowed teams to fight back.
End 1Q: Cavs 25, Nets 18
* The defense seems to be improving with every game, which is what Byron Scott was hoping for. Nets shot just 29 percent (8 of 27) for the quarter, but credit their ineptness for some of that. Cavs showing good help defense, though, particularly Anderson Varejao, who contested a couple shots in the lane when perimeter players got by their defender.
* Varejao, though, walked back to the locker room late in the quarter. Wasn't limping or anything. No updates as of yet. Check Twitter (ABJCavsInsider) for instant updates.
* Expect Byron Scott to monitor Antawn Jamison's minutes closely tonight. Scott admitted he played Jamison longer than he wanted lsat night, and with this being the second of a back-to-back, no one wants a setback with his left knee. Jamison played about 28 minutes last night, Scott originally wanted to keep him between 20 and 25. But he sure looked good during those 28 minutes. He played the second half of the first quarter tonight, much like he did last night.
* Already riding a five-game losing streak, the Nets were dealt more bad news with Troy Murphy's foot injury. Murphy apparently hurt the foot against the Cavs on Tuesday, when he grabbed 11 rebounds. Kris Humphries, not No. 2 overall pick Derrick Favors, started in his place. But Favors may as well have started. He entered two minutes into the game when Nets coach Avery Johnson yanked Brook Lopez for a defensive breakdown defending JJ Hickson. The Nets are also without Terrence Williams (ab strain) who they expected to have back tonight. Williams is a big part of what the Nets do.