Nets hold off Cavs, move to 2-0 under Carlesimo

Nets hold off Cavs, move to 2-0 under Carlesimo
December 29, 2012, 10:06 pm
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Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez (11) shoots next to Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-100 on Saturday night.

Lopez followed his 26-point, 11-rebound performance in a victory Friday over Charlotte by shooting 13 of 20 from the field, making a number of timely baskets in the fourth quarter that the Nets ultimately needed to hold on.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 15 points for the Nets, who fired coach Avery Johnson on Thursday and followed with two victories over losing teams. But now, they head off for major tests at San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

CJ Miles scored 33 points and made eight 3-pointers for the Cavs, but Kyrie Irving capped a miserable shooting night when his tying 3-point attempt went in and out. He finished with 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.