BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew was perturbed by the team’s effort early in Wednesday night’s game.
That’s typically the road formula, but especially against the Nets who are much tougher inside the Barclays Center, picking up their 20th home win this season -- the highest total since 2013-14 when they piled up 28 victories.
Cleveland built an eight-point lead and tossed plenty of pressure on the Nets, who are fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
But using an abundance of energy to fight out of an early hole, the Cavs couldn’t finish, getting outscored 33-22 on the fourth quarter.
With a driving floater over Brooklyn center Jarrett Allen early in the third quarter, second-year swingman Cedi Osman reached 1,000 career points.
Brooklyn All-Star D’Angelo Russell entered the night averaging more points against the Cavaliers than any other team.
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