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Nets seek to build on Thunder win

January 04, 2014 17:16:01 UK

Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets.

The Brooklyn Nets will look to build upon their surprising win over the Oklahoma City Thunder when they host Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday evening.

Brooklyn’s Deron Williams was 10-of-17 on the evening for 29 points at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City including 6-of-9 from downtown as the Nets rallied from a 15-point half time deficit to edge their hosts 95-93. Joe Johnson drained a buzzer beater to complete the stunning comeback. Kyrie Irving does not make the trip for the Cleveland Cavaliers as the All-Star guard continues to recover from a bruised left knee suffered against the Indiana Pacers earlier in the week.

The Nets are 1.90 to beat Cleveland in the point spread [-7], while the Cavs [+7] can be backed at 1.90.

Despite their loss last time out to the suddenly surging Toronto Raptors, the Pacers continue to lead the Eastern Conference with a 25-6 record. Saturday Indiana welcomes in the New Orleans Pelicans to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis before the Pacers head to the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sunday.

The Raptors continued their winning ways on Friday with a 101-88 victory over the Washington Wizards in the opening game of a three-game road swing. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-14 from the floor, Kyle Lowry recorded a double-double and Patrick Patterson came off the bench for an efficient 18 points on 8-of-10 from the field. It was the fifth consecutive triumph for Toronto who now lead the struggling Boston Celtics by four games in the Atlantic Division.

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