Gerald Green leads Nets to victory over Cavs
Two of the league’s worst teams played on Easter Sunday in New Jersey, and the home team came out on top.
The New Jersey Nets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-117 in overtime behind 32 points from former D-League star Gerald Green.
“When I’m on the floor, everyone’s attention has to be on them (Deron Williams and Anthony Morrow),” Green said. “It makes my life a whole lot easier. I tend to get a lot of open shots.”
He knocked those shots down Sunday, shooting 11-18 from the field and 5-7 from the 3-point line.
Star point guard Deron Williams played well also, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and 4 steals.
The Nets have surprisingly now won 6 out of their last 9 games, which is almost a third of all the wins they have all season.
Both teams will be eliminated from playoff contention soon, but playing hard to end the season is what the coaches, fan, and organization wants.
“It’s been three straight games of coming out, playing hard and competing,” Cavs head coach Byron Scott said. “I can’t complain. Our guys did it again tonight.”
The Cavs did compete, but with their loss they have lost 10 of their last 11 games, which included a 9-game losing streak.
They were without promising point guard Kyrie Irving, but recent signee Lester Hudson filled in nicely, scoring 26 points, shooting 6-12 from the 3-point line.
The Cavs look to overcome their losing ways on Tuesday at home versus Charlotte, while the Nets look to continue their surge Tuesday at home versus the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.