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Cavs-Nets In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 24, 2011

End 3Q: Cavs 77, Nets 73
* Antawn Jamison, who has struggled with his free throws since joining the Cavs, is 10 of 10 from the line tonight. On the flip side, J.J. Hickson is shooting just 5 of 16 from the floor.

* The Nets are having the same problem with Brook Lopez as Byron Scott was having with Hickson the first couple months. Just not showing much effort in rebounding. Lopez has a good three or four inches on Hickson, but Hickson is outrebounding him. That's the kind of stuff driving coach Avery Johnson batty.

* The Cavs left shooters open on the perimeter in the third for really the first time tonight. But the Nets don't exactly have the shooters to take advantage of the breakdown.

* Big fourth quarter coming up. Cavs are in position to win on the road for the first time since the last time they were here in early November. A loss equals the franchise record for consecutive road losses at 21.

Halftime: Cavs 54, Nets 48
* Maybe it's just because the press sits on the baseline in this arena, but the Cavs seem to be communicating more tonight on defense. Still not a lot, but more than usual.

* Ramon Sessions' biggest strength is his ability to get to the basket. Unfortunately, it can also be his biggest weakness. He keeps challenging bigs at the basket and he keeps losing.

* Christian Eyenga isn't afraid to use his fouls, but he needs to learn how to wrap. Too many times he's giving up fouls and still letting guys get to the basket for and-ones. Against good teams/good bigs, that's really going to hurt him.

* Strange to see Stephen Graham standing next to Joey Graham in opposite uniforms. It's like looking into a trick carnival mirror. Everything is the same but the uniform.

End 1Q: Cavs 29, Nets 26
* Sadly, this is the first game the Cavs have led after the first quarter since they led Chicago 28-24 after the first on New Year's Day.

* The Cavs' simpler defensive approach seems to be paying off. They're doing a better job defending the pick and roll, they've got hands up in the lane and they're forcing some turnovers and creating some steals. The opponent surely helps all of that, but at this point it doesn't matter. It's just encouraging to see the players doing it.

* Ramon Sessions isn't showing any effects of the right abdominal strain. He showed a good burst early and got to the basket with ease, finishing with his right hand. He seems OK.

* The fast start has put the Cavs in position to win this game. On many nights, poor first quarters have taken them out of the games prior to halftime. Not tonight.

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